5 Baltimore Ravens under the most pressure in 2023

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1. Is this J.K. Dobbins last season with the Baltimore Ravens?

J.K. Dobbins sat out or held out or was being precautious during the OTA and minicamp portion of the offseason. Whatever he was doing, it was because he knows this year is make-or-break. He has a devastating injury on his record that ended an entire year and a decent portion of his 2022 season as well.

Dobbins also is playing a position that does not get paid well or for long. So, this contract is probably a deal that will determine his earning potential for his career. Dobbins will be fully healthy this year. In year four, it will be the prime and usually one of the best years for a running back.

Beyond that, what we mentioned with Jackson remains for Dobbins. The offense should be more wide open which could mean more running lanes. The passing game can finally open up the run this time around. More than that, Tyler Linderbaum is in year two, and Ronnie Stanley is back.

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If Dobbins gets hurt or shows that he lost that burst, he will bounce around on one-year deals for low money for a few more years, and that may be it. A breakout year may force the Ravens to franchise tag him, which would mean $10M, and assurance that teams will bet on him for the next few years based on his name value. There is a lot on the line for J.K. Dobbins with the Baltimore Ravens in 2023.