2. Ravens’ Most Likely To Edge Out A Vet: Tyler Badie
Jordan Stout was the obvious choice here, but his superlative may more accurately be “Most Likely To Put A Vet In Retirement.”
By contrast, sixth-round running back Tyler Badie could impress this preseason and take over starting duties in the 2022 season. Currently, Badie projects to be a fringe RB3 and will compete against Justice Hill and Ty’Son Williams for a rotational spot.
J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards are on track to recover from their respective season-ending injuries in 2021, but what if there’s even the smallest snag in their plans to return?
Enter Tyler Badie. At 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, the Mizzou product offers tremendous value as both a ball-carrier and pass-catcher with 1,604 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns along with 330 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns.
Dobbins and Edwards could very well start training camp on the PUP list, in which case Badie could get more opportunities to shine in the preseason. Our guess is he outperforms Hill and Williams and even makes his case as an RB1 in 2022.
It’s a high bar, we know, and this all hinges on Dobbins and Edwards effectively ceding their job to someone else on the depth chart due to nagging injuries (the league saw how that Saquon Barkley saga unfolded last season).
But if Badie miraculously manages to turn lemons into lemonade, he could leap into a starting RB job as early as his rookie year.