Harbaugh said the team likes the guys they have and that Gordon wants to be here, likes the environment and is a proven back. It sounds like the team doesn't plan to sign an RB heading into Week 2. That likely means the team rolls with a combination of Edwards and Hill, with perhaps Gordon also getting some work. Hill had eight carries but for nine years, however, two of those carries did go for touchdowns. One would expect Hill to be the back involved in the passing game while Edwards (8-32-0) is the early down back.
Justice Hill, a 2019 fourth-round draft pick, has been a reliable special teams contributor throughout his career but has not received more than 58 carries or rushed for more than 262 yards in a season. That might be about to change.
“He played well,” coach John Harbaugh said of Hill after Sunday’s win. “He’s had a heck of a camp. Justice has done a great job, [and] he’s ready to go.”
Gus Edwards, meanwhile, has been one of the league’s most efficient running backs when healthy, entering Sunday averaging 5.2 yards on 501 career carries. Now more than two years removed from a torn ACL that sidelined him for the entire 2021 season, the former undrafted free agent might be ready to handle a larger workload.
The story said the Ravens could elevate Gordon from the practice squad, but this doesn't seem like it will be the team's only move. Mitchell can return in Week 5 after being placed on IR because of a shoulder injury. The story said Mitchell was a standout at camp this year and could be a name to watch. But with Mitchell on IR, Edwards and Hill should see a majority of the work over the next few weeks at least. The story also mentioned the team could try to trade for Taylor; they were rumored to be in the mix before the Colts put Taylor on IR. However, rumored asking prices from the Colts have been high so it remains to be seen if a deal can be made.
J.K. Dobbins said he's now 100% after a devastating left knee injury two years ago. Asked about his absence, Dobbins paused for a few seconds and swayed side to side before saying, "I was just being cautious. I want to be there for my teammates, and that's all it was. My teammates understood what was going on. So, it's all good now I'm out here."
After all the hand-wringing over the summer, it seems like Dobbins will be back with the team, fully healthy, as the Week 1 starter. Congratulations to drafters who ignored the buzz, but it sure was a lot of buzz to ignore. Dobbins is currently ranked as a fringe RB2/3 in 4for4's rankings.
The Ravens have been indicating Dobbins would return to the team sooner than later. Many feel Dobbins was "holding in" as he's been rumored to want a new contract. Because of his injury history, he could need to prove his worth in what is the final year of his rookie contract. Dobbins was impressive in the second half of the season after returning from injury, putting up rushing lines of 15-120-1, 13-125-0, 12-59-0 and 17-93-0. In the playoff game he rushed for 13-62, but also caught four balls for 43 yards and he's expected to be more involved in the Ravens new passing offense this season.