Kenneth Dixon faces an uphill battle for playing time this summer after the Ravens signed Mark Ingram and drafted Justice Hill. Dixon's versatility in the passing game gives him a shot to make the final roster, but even that is not enough to make him worthy of a pick on Draft Day.
Dixon (undisclosed) practiced Thursday, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website reports. After missing the last round of OTAs, the fourth-year pro returned to the field this week. Dixon will need to battle for a roster spot, as Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards and fourth-round pick Justice Hill seem to have three jobs locked down. The team typically has carried three running backs under coach John Harbaugh but kept four on the roster late last year. Given the run-heavy nature of the offense with Lamar Jackson at quarterback, Baltimore may be able to find room for Dixon.
Dixon (undisclosed) hasn't participated in OTAs this week, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Dixon can't afford to miss too much practice time this spring/summer, as he'll need to compete for a roster spot after the Ravens signed Mark Ingram and used a fourth-round pick on Justice Hill. The 25-year-old running back averaged 5.6 yards on 60 carries last year, but injuries and suspension have limited him to 18 games through three seasons in the NFL. Passing downs may offer Dixon his best chance at a meaningful role, though he doesn't exactly fit the scatback profile at 5-foot-10, 228 pounds.
Dixon will need to compete for a roster spot this summer, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. With fourth-round pick Justice Hill joining free-agent signee Mark Ingram in the Baltimore backfield, Dixon will probably be the odd man out -- rather than Gus Edwards -- if the team decides to carry just three running backs. The Ravens could keep four if Dixon establishes value on special teams, and there's always a chance injuries thin out the herd this summer. The 25-year-old is entering the final season of his rookie contract with just 18 NFL appearances to his name, but he did average 5.6 yards on 60 carries in six games last season.
Dixon and Gus Edwards figure to rotate in behind Mark Ingram in 2019, Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website reports. Dixon took advantage of his limited opportunities last season with 60 carries for 333 yards (5.6 average) and two touchdowns in six games, but he also coughed up two fumbles during the regular season and another in Baltimore's lone playoff contest. He now projects as the No. 3 running back in a run-heavy offense, with some chance to land on the roster bubble this summer if the Ravens draft or sign additional competition. Passing downs could represent Dixon's best chance at a regular role, considering Ingram is locked in as the starter and Edwards proved reliable as an inside runner last year. That being said, Ingram has a 228-36 advantage over Dixon in career receptions.
Dixon rushed six times for 13 yards and brought in all three targets for 53 yards in the Ravens' 23-17 wild-card loss to the Chargers on Sunday. He also lost a fumble. With the Ravens falling behind early and trailing wire to wire, the running game was increasingly marginalized as the afternoon wore on. However, Dixon found a way to make an impact as a receiver at a critical juncture, notching all three of his grabs on the day during a fourth-quarter drive that culminated in Michael Crabtree's second touchdown catch of the period. Dixon did commit a costly fumble early, however, having the ball stripped at his own 12-yard line by Melvin Ingram with 9:39 remaining in the first. That miscue ultimately led to the Chargers' first three points of the day. Dixon will now begin preparations for a contract season in 2019, when he'll look to continue establishing himself as a viable complementary three-down option to rookie Gus Edwards in the backfield.
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