In his press meeting at the NFL blend on Wednesday, head coach John Harbaugh expressed self-assurance in Gus Edwards. Harbaugh proclaimed that moving into the impending season, Edwards, a former undrafted absolutely free agent out of Rutgers, is the direct again on the Ravens roster.
Presented his general performance down the extend of final season, this must appear as no shock. Edwards did extra than ample to generate a greater job heading into his sophomore campaign, dashing for 718 yards and two touchdowns with a yards per have regular of 5.2.
Nearly all his output arrived in the next fifty percent of the season. The mix of Lamar Jackson taking over as the setting up quarterback and Alex Collins heading to IR opened up an option for Edwards, and he manufactured the most of it.
Now, as the Ravens all over again task to have 1 of the most run-significant offenses in the league up coming season, Edwards is seeking to hold atop the depth chart. Kenneth Dixon figures to see his share of carries as properly, as he did final 12 months, but given his injury history and Edwards’ efficiency, he will most likely keep on to play next fiddle in the backfield.
Other than Dixon, the Ravens crowded backfield from final season is most likely no extra. Ty Montgomery and Javorius Allen are unrestricted absolutely free agents. In all likelihood, the Ravens will opt for not to retain possibly player.
Inspite of Edwards’ efficiency final season, there is some concern that he will struggle to replicate comparable output this 12 months. Though his toughness is running downhill and churning out yards north-to-south, Edwards isn’t the most elusive again and offers quite little as a go-catcher out of the backfield.
Owing to this, the Ravens will most likely draft an additional again in the mid-to-late rounds or bring in somebody by using absolutely free agency to insert a new component to the running again core. Even so, it will be Edwards who sees the bulk of carries on the floor, barring any unexpected developments prior to the season.
Now the concern results in being can Edwards demonstrate to be a long-expression fixture in the backfield? Because the Ray Rice debacle, the Ravens have failed to come across a franchise running again, rather obtaining by with shockingly helpful performances from the likes of Justin Forsett, Terrance West, Alex Collins, and most not long ago, Edwards.
The issue is that these running backs have failed to sustain their good results for for a longer period than 1 season. Consider a glance down below at their performances in breakout seasons and what they did the adhering to 12 months.
2014-15: 1,266 yards, 5.4 YPC, 8 TD
2015-16: 641 yards, 4.2 YPC, 2 TD
2016-17: 774 yards, 4. YPC, 5 TD
2017-18: 138 yards, 3.5 YPC, 2 TD
2017-18: 973 yards, 4.6 YPC, 6 TD
2018-19: 411 yards, 3.6 YPC, 7 TD
There’s a pretty apparent and identifiable takeaway in this article: considering the fact that Ray Rice’s final season, the Ravens backfield has been a revolving doorway. Though it’s remarkable that the group has been in a position to come across good results from several men, Baltimore has not experienced the very same main rusher in consecutive seasons over this span.
Just after their respective profession-greatest strategies, Justin Forsett is now retired, Terrance West is out of the league, and Alex Collins was just launched. In buy for Gus Edwards to maintain himself off this list, he will need to demonstrate that his breakout rookie season was not a fluke.
With the Lamar Jackson/Greg Roman era commencing, the running match will be extra critical than at any time for the Ravens. If Gus Edwards isn’t the solution, could they most likely come across output elsewhere? Confident, but this isn’t what the Ravens must strive for.
In all the years’ of Joe Flacco taking part in under center, there was quite little offensive regularity, both in phrases of the inflow of playmakers 12 months-just after-12 months and the on-industry output. If the Ravens want to have good results with Lamar Jackson at the helm, regularity will be crucial.
Whether or not Gus Edwards is yet an additional 1-hit surprise at the running again place stays to be observed. On the other hand, with a sizable job in the Ravens new-glance offensive scheme, “Gus the Bus” has a good prospect to build himself as a long-expression fixture in Baltimore.