3. The ball is in Dobbins' court but... will he ever play again for the Ravens?
The metal mics were cold at the start of the day but they were on fire when head coach John Harbaugh's press conference was over.
"The ball is in J.K.'s court," Harbaugh said. "We have talked. We talked again yesterday. We had a great conversation. I do expect him back very soon, but I don't have anything to say about it. It's up to J.K., so hopefully that will happen soon," the coach explained as transcribed by Clifton Brown of BaltimoreRavens.com.
Not only did Harbaugh put pressure on Dobbins to come out with an explanation of his situation (something he's not done so far), but he also praised the backfield as a group excluding Dobbins.
"I feel very good about the running back room as far as how they’re practicing," Harbaugh told reporters following Tuesday's practice. "I think every single guy is doing a really great job and stepping up. You can go right through every single guy, and they’re all doing excellent out there."
Finished Harbaugh: "I love the way they’re playing, so that’s been exciting."
Nobody in his sane mind would ever think, let alone say, the Ravens would be a better team without Dobbins than with him. That'd be a fallacy. That, though, could be a real possibility if Dobbins doesn't put an end to his "unofficially official" hold-in, which he has shown no signs of being interested in ending any time soon judging by his actions.
Will Dobbins ever play for the Ravens again? One has to think that'd be the case because any persona with the tiniest semblance of sanity would come to the conclusion that he's gaining nothing from the position he's currently in.
Baltimore won't offer Dobbins a contract extension unless he proves he can keep putting up numbers on a weekly basis while avoiding getting injured for large chunks of the season.
Nobody, in fact, would do that for Dobbins next offseason when he will become a true free agent (something he's not now as he's got one year left on his rookie contract).
The ball surely is in Dobbin's court, so it's up to him to get back to the field and earn his deal.