Grading the Ravens’ post-draft ‘thrift’ roster additions
Ravens’ addition No. 1: Mike Davis
The Ravens needed a veteran running back to assume the same role Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman did in 2021, and they found one in Mike Davis.
We would have wanted Baltimore to sign a back with more dual-threat ability like Darrel Williams, but Davis on paper checks all the boxes and completes the team’s running back corps.
With J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards recovering from injury and possibly not being healthy enough to start the season, Baltimore can put the ball in Davis’ hands and expect solid production.
Davis’ seven-year career is marked by inconsistency, but in the last two seasons he racked up 500-plus yards each year along with at least three touchdowns.
Davis will butt heads with rookie Tyler Badie for the RB3 role in 2022, but whereas Badie needs time to adapt to the NFL, Davis is projected to be an immediate starter, if need be.
2021 taught Baltimore a hard lesson about running back depth, and Davis gives the team exactly what they’re looking for as they look to kick off a comeback year.
Given their age, production level, and injury history, these four players serve as bargain bin items and are low-risk, low-reward options for the Ravens. That doesn’t mean they should be underestimated, as each could make a vital impact on the field in 2022.