Ravens could form deepest RB room in NFL after JK Dobbins, Keaton Mitchell updates

The Ravens might assemble a very impressive group

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The Baltimore Ravens have typically opted for a committee based approach for their running back room during the Lamar Jackson era, as Greg Roman seemed to prefer a revolving door of complementary backs like JK Dobbins, Keaton Mitchell, and Gus Edwards working in harmony. The Derrick Henry move changed all of that.

Henry figures to be the main man in a backfield that also includes a trusted backup in Hill and dynamic UDFA Mitchell as he works his way back from an injury. Edwards reunited with Roman as a member of the Los Angeles Chargers, while Dobbins remains unsigned due to his Achilles injury.

The Ravens, who have said in the past they want to retain Dobbins for next year, were given a major positive boost in their Dobbins chase when the former Ohio State star was cleared for all football activities by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed Achilles surgeries for Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins.

Baltimore GM Eric DeCosta also said that Mitchell, who suffered a torn ACL that put an end to a terrific rookie season, is expected to "come back this season" despite the fact Baltimore is likely taking things very slow in his recovery. Those two behind Henry could make for a hellacious trio.

Baltimore Ravens get good update on JK Dobbins, Keaton Mitchell injuries.

While Dobbins did average 5.8 yards per carry, it seems unlikely that anyone will give him a big role as he works his way back from his second serious injury as a pro. This could make it more likely that he returns to Baltimore as a speedy backup behind the more bruising Henry.

Dobbins might be better off coming back to Baltimore, where he knows the system and coaching staff, on a one-year "prove it" deal than heading somewhere with a complete blank slate. Henry is terrific, but this age means Baltimore should continue trying to bring Dobbins back as a second-stringer

While Mitchell is not going to average 8.4 yards per carry once again, the former East Carolina star has proven himself as a speedy weapon who can rip off big plays in this league. Baltimore seemingly has him penciled in for some sort of role when he returns to full health.

With Henry as the plowhorse, Dobbins returning to his old form, and Mitchell keeping his explosiveness from last year, the Ravens have the opportunity to put one of the best running back rooms in the entire NFL next to an ascending young quarterback in Lamar Jackson fresh off his second MVP.

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