4. Will Gus Edwards keep losing his job after the Baltimore Ravens bye week?
Sunday night felt like a changing of the guard. Keaton Mitchell had been getting more playing time every week since week nine. However, he was eating into the snaps of Justice Hill and not Gus Edwards. That changed on Sunday.
The Ravens had Gus Edwards on the field for 26% of the snaps, and he handled just 24% of the rushing attempts. That is down from 54% and 42% the weeks prior when it comes to snaps and 55% to 44% in rushing attempts. So, his decline has been coming for three weeks, and this week was just the major shift.
On the flip side, Mitchell has gone from 22% of the snaps to 37% and now 46% last week. He went from 15% of the carries to 30% and then 27% last week. His role has grown in the previous three games while Edwards is losing his.
Earlier, the split was a passing down speed back and a power back between the tackles. So, when the Ravens led and wanted to put teams away, they ran it with Edwards. When they trailed, it was Justice Hill. The Ravens led by 10 for most of the second half and still had Mitchell getting work in scenarios you would typically see Edwards.
In the first half, it felt like Edwards was benched. So, if Mitchell is trusted earlier and later into games, he may come out of the bye with even more work. Gus Edwards may be fading fast.