After a long and lengthy recovery, the Baltimore Ravens are getting a key component of their offense back at a position where the production has been minimal. With the running back group struggling early on, the Ravens will get a boost with the return of their young starter.
J.K. Dobbins was the Ravens’ second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. His college accolades were among the best in the game. With his storied accomplishments at Ohio State, many believed that he would be a first-round pick.
When the Ravens had the chance to add him with the 55th pick, they jumped at the opportunity. After the draft, general manager Eric DeCosta stated that “it would have been irresponsible” for the team to not draft the talented running back.
Dobbins found success as a rookie, appearing in 15 games while averaging a strong six yards per carry. That led to a season in which he ran for 809 yards and nine touchdowns while adding 120 yards and four touchdowns receiving.
In a season where he split carries with fellow running back Gus Edwards and quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Ravens led the league in rushing. They had over 3,000 yards which was a historic performance — one they have since struggled to replicate.
In 2021, Dobbins was missed as he tore his ACL, among other ligaments, in the final preseason game. Since then, Dobbins has worked hard to get back to the field, and that will culminate in Week 3 against the New England Patriots.
J.K. Dobbins and the Ravens are looking to bounce back in Week 3
Week 3 offers a chance at redemption for the Ravens. After faltering against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2, they must bounce back. The addition of Dobbins should help the Ravens as, thus far, the running backs have produced minimally, to be kind.
Dobbins should not be expected to play a full set of snaps, but he will receive his share of opportunities. He can be a difference maker if given the chance. This season, the passing offense has found success as Lamar Jackson and company have been connecting.
They have just missed the most consistent part of their offense, however. The running game has been what offensive coordinator Greg Roman is known for. His new addition should bring him more options and open things up for the offense.
Dobbins should bring back some of the 2020 on-field swagger for the offense. He is an explosive, powerful running back with a strong center of gravity. Dobbins has good vision and can be utilized as a receiver out of the backfield. On Sunday, he can even be impactful as a decoy.
J.K. Dobbins is a welcomed addition back to an offense that has desperately needed him. He looks to be an important part of the offensive gameplan on Sunday when the snaps are given to him. Look for his long-awaited return to spark the offense.