3 Baltimore Ravens set for bigger production in 2021 season

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JANUARY 10: Running back J.K. Dobbins #27 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates following his 4-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of their AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on January 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

3. J.K. Dobbins

This one is kind of a no-brainer right? As a rookie running back, Dobbins had nine touchdowns and averaged an even six yards per attempt. He had 800 rushing yards last year and it’s almost a given that he’ll have 1,000 yards in 2021 if he stays healthy.

Dobbins had one of the most impressive rookie campaigns Baltimore has ever seen. At the running back position, it may have been the most impressive showing since Jamal Lewis had 1,363 yards as a rookie in 2000. Dobbins isn’t just any running back.

He’s going to be special. It’s not crazy to think he could be a top-five running back next season. Think about it. He’s got all the tools, he’s a little more comfortable in an offense that just happens to be the best running offense in the history of the National Football League. In the past two seasons, the Ravens have made running the ball look easy. This could end up being the Dobbins show.

Dobbins didn’t have 10 rushing attempts or more until the seventh game of the season. In the next season, the Ravens won’t be forcing Mark Ingram into the running back rotation. Presumably, it’s going to be a healthy dose of Dobbins and Gus Edwards. Can you imagine what Dobbins’s numbers would have looked like if he was the main running back from the start of the 2020 season?

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Dobbins is the big-play running back. He’s the running back that’s going to take what could be just three to four years and make it a 20-yard scamper. Limiting the touches Dobbins got at the beginning of the season was like throwing away big plays. The Ravens knew Dobbins was good, you have to think they realized he was even better than they thought he was. Dobbins is headed for a monster 2021 season.