Ravens: J.K. Dobbins is playing with a chip on his shoulder

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The Baltimore Ravens are home to the NFL’s No. 1 rushing attack, due in no small part to the excellence of quarterback Lamar Jackson. But in 2021, a new player could emerge as the team’s leading rusher — J.K. Dobbins.

The Ravens might have landed one of the steals of the 2020 NFL Draft when they selected Dobbins 55th overall a year ago. And his performance during his rookie season provided evidence for that notion.

Despite his success last season and his promising future, Dobbins is remaining humble. He’s taking things one step at a time and not taking anything for granted.

Dobbins spoke to reporters following last month’s minicamp and revealed that he still has a massive chip on his shoulder, despite his recent success.

"“Nothing has changed. Nothing has changed with my approach. Nothing has changed. I’m going to come in and work hard, like … Let me think of a good comparison, a good example … I am working like I didn’t get drafted, like I’m not even on the team, like I am a guy off the streets, coming off the streets, working for a spot. So, that’s how I’m approaching it. There’s nothing different, and I’m just here to help the team win. That’s what I’m here to do. I’m working hard.”"

Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins isn’t letting success get to his head.

That answer was prompted by a question asking if his approach had changed now that he’s expected to be “the guy” in the Ravens backfield.

With Mark Ingram gone, Dobbins emerged as Baltimore’s most efficient running back in 2020 leading all players at his position with a superb 6.0 yards per carry.

Dobbins returns in 2021 and is expected to take over as the Ravens’ lead back, of course, splitting time with Gus Edwards as well.

But Dobbins isn’t content resting on his laurels. He’s competing as if he isn’t the top guy in the backfield — as if he isn’t even guaranteed a roster spot.

That should serve him well as he looks to establish himself as one of the best running backs in football this season.

If he plays anything like he did a year ago, he’ll be well on his way to accomplishing that goal.

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J.K. Dobbins has the right mindset to succeed. Now, it’s all about continuing to show the results on the field.