Ravens: Top 4 players to watch against the Minnesota Vikings

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Ravens, Devonta Freeman
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4. Devonta Freeman, RB, Ravens

As John Harbaugh said earlier in the week, Latavius Murray is among the injured Ravens who have a chance to play against Minnesota.

However, Murray did not participate in practice on Thursday, somewhat diminishing the chances he’ll suit up on Sunday. He’s listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game.

While Murray has somewhat taken the primary spot, no runner has been able to make a huge mark or demand a larger role.

Should that be the case, it will be on Devonta Freeman, Le’Veon Bell, and Ty’Son Williams to supplement the rushing attack with Lamar Jackson.

Thanks to Jackson, the Ravens still boast the third most prolific rushing offense in the league, averaging 149.4 yards per game, 68.6 of which come from Jackson.

This week that could change and I would look to Freeman to be the source.

As previously stated, the Vikings haven’t been strong against the run and the Ravens may have the boost of Nick Boyle returning to the lineup.

Freeman has shown more burst and vision than Murray or Bell in his very limited time, just 20 carries, and has averaged 5.5 yards per carry.

Greg Roman has stated that he expects the team to improve the running game as the season progresses, and this week’s game poses an ideal starting point to have a big day on the ground.

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If Murray cannot go, with Williams seemingly in the doghouse, and Bell showing very little in terms of explosion and big-play threat, look for Freeman to lead the way out of the backfield.