We’re all waiting for the Ravens to take the training wheels off JK Dobbins. Baltimore felt determined to rotate the three-headed monster of Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, and JK Dobbins all season. When Ingram went down with an injury, we finally got to see what Dobbins could bring to the table. Oh, it’s something special.
Dobbins is special. That’s the Tweet. It was hard not to be in love with him at Ohio State. It was criminal that Dobbins fell all the way to No. 55 overall in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Not just that, FOUR running backs got taken ahead of him.
Dobbins hasn’t just been the best rookie tailback; he looks like a guy that could emerge as the single best RB in the league. Fifty-two running backs have recorded at least 50 touches. Dobbins ranks first in missed tackle rate per touch (32.7%). For the record, Ingram ranks dead last (5.7%).
It’s not hard to spot this talent. Dobbins is fantastic. I’m not sure that he has a defining trait, but he’s a plus in everything. Plus, speed, power, vision, elusiveness, etc.
Against the Steelers’ dominant defense, Dobbins rushed for 113 yards with a 7.1 YPC average. He also forced seven missed tackles. On the season, he’s averaging 6.7 yards per carry. If there was ever a time to free JK Dobbins and make him the guy, it’s NOW.
Of course, the Ravens rushed for 265 yards and still found a way to lose. You know, because of that ticking time bomb guy.
Dobbins has shown the ability that’s going to make him a top-five running back in the sport. The guy has it all, and somehow the Ravens were able to acquire him for Hayden Hurst.