When the Baltimore Ravens drafted running back J.K. Dobbins in the second round out of Ohio State back in the 2020 NFL Draft, they knew they were getting a special type of player. But, they did not know he would face such adversity through the first three seasons of his career.
As a rookie, Dobbins was worked in and eventually became what looked like the best running back on the field when he was given a consistent workload. Over that rookie campaign, Dobbins rushed for 805 yards on just 134 attempts, with nine touchdowns on the ground.
Then, in 2021, disaster struck for the second-year pro. Dobbins tore his Achilles before the season began, and thus missed the entire 2021 campaign. With an uncertain future after that year, Dobbins would go on to miss nine games in 2022, as well, with the majority coming due to his recovery.
Now entering his fourth year, there are plenty of questions around Dobbins' future with the Ravens, How will this season go? Will he end up sticking around after the 2023 campaign? If he has anything to say about it, Dobbins isn't going anywhere.
J.K. Dobbins wants to be with the Baltimore Ravens for the rest of his career
“The thing I can say is, I would love to be a Baltimore Raven for the rest of my career,” Dobbins was recently quoted saying. "Because I love the city, I love the people. It feels like family here. Like, it feels like home here, my second home. And I hope that happens, I hope that happens.”
The Ravens' last minicamp practice of the week featured Dobbins sitting out practice, which is why he was quoted saying what he said above. Dobbins would like a new contract to secure his future, which is understandable because of his injury history.
It's also understandable that the Ravens would be leery to offer him such an extension, for the same reasons.