The Baltimore Ravens have one of the strongest backfields in the NFL. That's something that cannot be argued, full stop, but just looking at some of the numbers put up by the unit of late.
The running back corps of the Ravens have led the league in rushing yards or finished close to the top spot in all last five years individually. They topped the charts in 2019 and 2020, finished as the second-best team in 2018, and ranked third-best in 2020 and 2021.
One of the members of the Ravens' sublime rushing mob, J.K. Dobbins, joined the team in 2020 after getting drafted in the second round of that year's NFL Draft.
Since then, Dobbins has suffered his fair share of injuries and only appeared in 23 games career-wise, but he's been able to put up 1,325 yards and 11 touchdowns, all of them on the ground. Dobbins is now entering the final year of his rookie deal, and most pressingly, training camp with the Ravens starting next Wednesday.
Or that is what we thought before the Ravens announced that Dobbins has been put on the Physically Unable to Perform list entering camp.
As we reported on Saturday, July 22, Dobbins missed minicamp "focusing on recovering from knee surgery." Dobbins reported to camp on Thursday, July 20, with the rest of the injured players on the Ravens roster.
"While J.K. Dobbins was placed on the PUP list Friday, he was at the Under Armour Performance Center when injured veterans reported and was, when I saw him, all smiles (as usual). Paying attention to the bearish running back market and getting ready to ball out aren't mutually exclusive."- Ryan Mink, BaltimoreRavens.com
Now, a little nugget of information has been shared by Ryan Mink, editorial director of BaltimoreRavens.com. In an article posted on Saturday, Mink wrote that "while J.K. Dobbins was placed on the PUP list Friday, he was at the Under Armour Performance Center when injured veterans reported and was, when I saw him, all smiles."
That is definitely great news to hear considering the tension between Dobbins and the Ravens and the conflict they might get into when times come to offer the rusher an extension in the next few months.
Mink pointed out that Dobbins has "yet to participate fully in a practice this offseason," and linked the concerns that might rise to the reported signing of veteran running back Melvin Gordon III on a one-year pact entering the weekend.