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J.K. Dobbins Predicted to Take Full Control Over Ravens’ Backfield

Donnavan Smoot
J.K. Dobbins is the lead back in Baltimore for 2021.
J.K. Dobbins is the lead back in Baltimore for 2021. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

For the last two seasons, Lamar Jackson has led the Baltimore Ravens’ rushing attack. Since Jackson has been the starting quarterback, the Ravens have run their backfield through committee. Even in 2019 when Mark Ingram ran for over 1,000 yards, Gus Edwards was right behind him with 711 rushing yards on the season. 

Last year, the Ravens used two running backs alongside Jackson, Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins. Heading into 2021, Dobbins looks to have an inside track at the starting job. 

WynnBET has released its odds for the NFL’s rushing leader and Dobbins’ odds suggest that he will be the main one toting the rock for Baltimore. His odds to lead the league in rushing are set at +2000. With Gus Edwards not even listed, Dobbins should be in line for a heavy workload.

Dobbins ran for 805 yards in his rookie season and broke the Ravens’ rookie record for touchdowns (9). At a great 6.0 yards per carry, he outperformed Gus Edwards with less carries. 

He was also able to get involved in the passing game, an area Baltimore wants to expand for him. Out of all the Baltimore running backs, Dobbins had the most targets (24), receptions (18) and second-most yards (120). 

The Ravens’ offense is powered by their rushing attack and nothing should change this year. Baltimore led the league last year in rushing attempts per game (34.6) and rushing yards (192.1) 

As Dobbins gets more comfortable with the Ravens’ offense, he’ll be a prime candidate to have a special breakout season. 

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