Baltimore Ravens: Expectations for rookies in the 2020 season

Baltimore Ravens rookie linebacker Patrick Queen (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens rookie running back J.K. Dobbins (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State

Expectation: Be the RB2 in the offense, reach 100 carries

J.K. Dobbins was a bit of a luxury pick for the Baltimore Ravens, who had a fantastic running game in 2019, led by two 1,000 yard rushers, Mark Ingram and quarterback Lamar Jackson. They have other contributors on the roster including Gus Edwards and Justice Hill, who, while not lead backs, provide a good change of pace to spell Ingram.

When looking deeper, though, it’s clear the Ravens have a plan in place with the selection of Dobbins. Ingram turns 31 in December (he’s also a free agent after 2021), and it’s important to have an effective workhorse in Greg Roman’s scheme, especially with how effective Jackson is.

Dobbins had a very productive career at Ohio State, rushing for over 1,000 yards in his first two seasons. There were some questions regarding his athleticism and agility entering his junior season, but Dobbins slimmed down and looked more flexible. It paid off, and Dobbins ran for 2,003 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2019, and it landed him in the top running back tier in the 2020 draft.

As for expectations for 2020, Dobbins doesn’t have to come in and be the lead back right away. He can be the RB2 in Baltimore behind Ingram right away and get a good percentage of the carries to keep Ingram’s legs fresh for the playoffs. Seeing Dobbins reach 100 carries, pass the 500-yard mark, and score four or five touchdowns should be a successful 2019 season for him. Then, he can take over RB1 duties in 2021.