Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards was recently listed as the team’s best kept secret for the upcoming season and it’s not hard to see why.
Edwards was primed to be the Ravens’ No. 1 running back in 2021 after J.K. Dobbins suffered a season-ending injury, but Edwards ended up missing the entirety of last season as well due to a torn ACL.
Edwards now enters his fifth season in Baltimore after stringing together solid 700-yard rushing yard seasons in his first three years.
Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton named the best-kept secret on every NFL roster heading into the 2022 season and picked Edwards for Baltimore:
"Mostly as the No. 2 running back over the past two years, Edwards established himself in the Ravens backfield. Last year, he may have reached career-high rushing totals as a fill-in starter for J.K. Dobbins, who also tore his ACL during the 2021 offseason.Instead, Edwards will look to bounce back from a lost season and maintain his consistency. Last June, he signed a two-year, $9 million extension, which shows the team values his contributions."
Baltimore Ravens have a gem in running back Gus Edwards
Currently, the running back corps for the Ravens looks stacked with Dobbins and Edwards returning to the field in 2022, but even then, the top RB position is still somewhat up for grabs.
Coming off of injury, Dobbins and Edwards may not be fully recovered for the start of the season, and an unproven talent like rookie Tyler Badie could potentially climb up the depth chart.
Assuming all backs are ready to go, though, Edwards will most likely assume RB2 duties behind Dobbins as he’s done for most of his career. Edwards hasn’t started in more than six games in any of his four seasons as a Raven, but don’t count him out as a minimal impact player.
Baltimore relies on the running offense more than other teams, and any snag in Dobbins’ recovery could translate immediately into starting snaps for Edwards.
We’re not sure if calling Edwards a “secret” is apt since Edwards is a well-known running back talent, but regardless, he has the potential to make a huge impact in 2022.