Gus Edwards is the third wheel in the Ravens' rush attack, which makes him no better than a No. 4 running back in Fantasy, worth a pick in the middle rounds. Edwards' lack of involvement in the passing game dings him in PPR, but in non-PPR he should be a good bye week replacement with huge upside if J.K. Dobbins goes down. Dobbins' career 5.2 yards per carry ranks second amongst active running backs with at least 400 career carries.
Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the first 10 days of training camp, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. If he doesn't have symptoms, Edwards could still practice before Baltimore's preseason opener Aug. 14 against the Saints. He signed a two-year, $10 million extension in June, and appears locked in as the team's No. 2 running back behind 2020 second-round pick J.K. Dobbins. With Edwards now temporarily unavailable, Justice Hill figures to step into that No. 2 role for the first couple weeks of camp.
Edwards and the Ravens agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract extension Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Edwards received a restricted free-agent tender from the Ravens in mid-March and now has extended his stay in Baltimore through the 2023 season. Even so, Edwards is likely set to serve as the No. 2 back in Baltimore's backfield behind second-year rusher J.K. Dobbins, who could be in line for a slightly larger share of the work in his second professional season.
The Ravens gave Edwards a restricted free agent tender Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. General manager Eric DeCosta hinted at the transaction earlier in the week, but the team still hasn't specified which level of RFA tender Edwards will get. In the likely event that Edwards gets a second-round designation, he'll earn a $3.38 million salary in 2021, while the Ravens get the right of first refusal on any offer sheet. He's one of four backs on Baltimore's offseason roster, joined by J.K. Dobbins, Justice Hill and Ty'Son Williams.
Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said Tuesday that he expects to retain Edwards for 2021, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Edwards' status as a 2018 undrafted free agent allows him to become a restricted free agent after only three accrued seasons in the NFL. Given the comments from DeCosta, the Ravens are likely to either give Edwards a RFA tender or negotiate a contract to avoid the process. A second-round tender for $3.38 million should be enough to dissuade any other team from signing Edwards to an offer sheet, as the Ravens would get a second-round pick if they declined to match. An original-round tender, on the other hand, wouldn't carry any protection besides the right of first refusal to match an offer sheet. The upside with an original-round tender is that it costs only $2.13 million, which is less than two-thirds the price of a second-round tag. In any case, Baltimore's other backs under contract are J.K. Dobbins, Justice Hill and Ty'Son Williams, while Mark Ingram is now a free agent after being waived in January.
Edwards rushed eight times for 38 yards in Sunday's 20-13 wild-card win over the Titans. Edwards' carry total trailed those of Lamar Jackson (16) and J.K. Dobbins (nine), but he nonetheless helped Baltimore rack up another 236 yards on the ground. As the power option in a relentless rushing scheme, Edwards should remain an important member of the Ravens' offense regardless of the team's opponent in the AFC divisional round next weekend.
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|1||09/13||@Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|2||09/19||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|6||10/17||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|15||12/19||Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
|17||01/02||Los Angeles Rams||6||14.56|
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