Dobbins (illness) will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Both Dobbins and position mate Mark Ingram (illness) have tested positive for COVID-19 following Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Titans, which resulted in Baltimore's team facilities being shut down Monday. The news leaves Gus Edwards and Justice Hill as the Ravens' only running backs heading into a primetime Thanksgiving Day contest against the Steelers, so Ty'Son Williams could be a candidate to bump up from the practice squad. Dobbins led Baltimore's backfield against Tennessee -- 15 carries for 70 yards -- and he appeared to have been making a case for a bellcow role, but the rookie second-round pick now will be forced to miss time until he's able to gain full medical clearance.
Dobbins rushed the ball 15 times for 70 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Titans. He added two receptions for 15 yards.
Dobbins matched his career-high mark in carries, leading the Ravens backfield in workload even with Mark Ingram healthy. He took advantage of his opportunity, consistently picking up chunks of yardage to average 4.7 yards per carry. Dobbins was also trusted near the goal line, punching in a touchdown from two yards away late in the second quarter. It was his first time finding the end zone since Week 1, and also his second-highest yardage total on the ground in his career. Even if workload remains in his favor, Dobbins will face a tough matchup in Week 12 against the Steelers.
Dobbins had five carries for 13 yards against the Patriots and added a one-yard reception.
Mark Ingram's return muddled the backfield rotation Sunday, and Dobbins' production was impacted as a result. He played fewer than 50 percent of the snaps for the first time since Week 6, and his carries dropped to the single digits for the first time since then as well. Dobbins has just one game with more than 50 yards and has not scored a touchdown since the season opener. With Ingram back, Dobbins may be ticketed for frustrating workloads down the stretch.
Dobbins carried the ball 12 times for 30 yards and caught both his targets for five yards in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Colts.
The Ravens' ground attack as a whole averaged only 2.9 yards a carry on the afternoon, but unlike Lamar Jackson and Gus Edwards, Dobbins wasn't able to boost his production with a touchdown. The rookie's workload in Week 10 will largely depend on whether Mark Ingram (ankle) is ready to rejoin the lineup.
Dobbins and Gus Edwards are expected to take on elevated roles Sunday in Indianapolis with Mark Ingram (ankle) listed as doubtful for the contest, Daniel Oyefusi of The Baltimore Sun reports.
While Ingram was sidelined during last week's loss to the Steelers, both Dobbins and Edwards enjoyed productive days while splitting the backfield work. Dobbins and Edwards received 16 touches apiece, but the former played 54 snaps and accrued 121 yards from scrimmage, while the latter played 26 and put up 87 yards. Though Edwards should remain heavily involved in the Ravens' ground attack Week 10, Dobbins' ability to contribute both as a ballcarrier and as a pass catcher gives him the greater fantasy upside of the two backs.
Dobbins registered 113 rushing yards on 15 carries, adding one catch for eight yards during Sunday's 28-24 loss to Pittsburgh.
Dobbins hadn't been handed more than nine carries in a game this season entering Sunday, but with Mark Ingram inactive (ankle), the rookie churned out more than double his previous career high in rushing yardage (48). Both Dobbins and Gus Edwards enjoyed success on the ground against Pittsburgh's stout front seven, splitting the carries 16-15 and racking up a combined 200 yards. Ingram only has two games with more than 35 rushing yards this season, but it's likely the reigning Pro Bowler regains some share of the workload once he's able to get back in the fold. That return may not come next Sunday, however, as Ingram has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain -- an injury that typically requires a multi-week recovery. Week 9 presents a challenging matchup regardless of who is shouldering the RB carries, as Baltimore heads into a showdown with the Colts' third-ranked rush defense.
Dobbins carried nine times for 28 yards and caught two of four targets for one additional yard during Sunday's 30-28 win over the Eagles.
Dobbins' stats were nothing to write home about, but Mark Ingram left the game with an ankle injury, opening the door for the rookie to take on double-digit touches for the first time in his young career. The extent of Ingram's injury remains to be seen, but he will have an extra week to heal as the Ravens go on bye before returning to face the Steelers in Week 8. If the veteran is forced to miss any action, Dobbins and Gus Edwards would both stand to benefit from a fantasy perspective, though the team seems likely to continue its backfield-by-committee approach.
Dobbins carried once for 34 yards and caught all three of his targets for 21 yards Sunday in the Ravens' 27-3 win over the Bengals.
Even with the Ravens controlling the game from start to finish, coach John Harbaugh elected not to find more work for the rookie, whose 18 snaps were fewer than fellow running backs Gus Edwards (25) and Mark Ingram (19). Dobbins was efficient with his opportunities and is now averaging 7.9 yards per carry and 7.3 yards per target on the season, but he shouldn't be counted on to see his role dramatically increase in the near future. So long as Ingram, Edwards and Dobbins are all healthy, the Ravens seem content to roll out a three-man backfield committee, which caps the fantasy upside of all parties.
Dobbins had five carries for 16 yards and one catch for two yards Sunday against the Football Team.
The rookie was more involved than he had been in recent weeks, seeing more than two carries for the first time since the season opener. Still, it was just five carries for Dobbins on 21 snaps while Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards all saw at least seven attempts. Edwards' rushes seem to be coming at Dobbins' expense as he has out-carried Dobbins in three straight weeks. It's no longer just that Baltimore's deep running back rotation puts a cap on Dobbins' carry ceiling, it's also that Dobbins may be at the bottom of the pecking order for carries right now. The Ravens host the Bengals in Week 5.
Dobbins rushed once for six yards and caught all four of his targets for 38 yards in Monday night's 34-20 loss to the Chiefs.
Dobbins saw next to no involvement on the ground as Baltimore trailed for most of the game, resulting in all three of the team's tailbacks finishing with under 40 rushing yards. To his credit, though, Dobbins made an impact through the air, actually leading the Ravens in receptions and receiving yards. Although his modest totals won't wow anyone, the rookie at least salvaged some production in an awful Ravens offensive outing. Furthermore, Week 4's matchup against Washington figures to favor a Baltimore rebound, which could offer more opportunities to the team's backfield.
Dobbins had two carries for 48 yards Sunday against the Texans. He added one 13-yard reception on one target.
Dobbins' usage was surprisingly low Sunday after his impressive two-touchdown debut Week 1. He played 20 snaps, which was the same amount as Gus Edwards, but Edwards had 10 carries for a team-high 73 yards. The Ravens have deployed a fairly even backfield rotation thus far with Mark Ingram leading the way with 48 percent of the snap share while Dobbins has played 43 percent of the snaps and Edwards checks in at 35 percent. Dobbins did not see his first carry until midway through the third quarter. The rookie has plenty of talent, but consistent volume could be hard to come by with the Ravens using such a deep running back rotation, not to mention Lamar Jackson's contributions to the run game as well.
Dobbins ran for 22 yards and two touchdowns on seven rush attempts during Sunday's 38-6 win against the Browns.
Veteran Mark Ingram garnered 10 of Baltimore's 21 running-back carries, but Dobbins was the benefactor of the ever-valuable goal-line carry, scoring on touchdown plunges of two and three yards during Sunday's contest. Ingram was handed two red-zone carries after ranking 10th in the category during 2019, but Dobbins handled both of Baltimore's RB rush attempts within the 5-yard line. If Dobbins can gradually overtake Ingram for first-team snaps, he has the potential to become a fantasy superstar for a Ravens offense that last year set the NFL record for team rushing yards (3,296). Heading into Week 2, Dobbins and Ingram are expected to split reps against a Texans defense that surrendered 166 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown to Kansas City on Thursday night.
Dobbins should be active for Sunday's game against Cleveland, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
The Ravens' PR staff put Dobbins fourth on the unofficial depth chart that was released Monday, which led to a bit of concern that the rookie might be lightly used -- or even inactive -- in the season opener. Zrebiec said he would be "shocked" if Dobbins is a healthy scratch, adding that the depth chart posted on the team website means nothing with regard to coach John Harbaugh's plans for Week 1. The longtime Ravens beat writer also mentions that Dobbins has seen a lot of practice reps on special teams, suggesting Baltimore is planning on the rookie being a key contributor on that unit. Mark Ingram is still expected to be the starter, but Dobbins should remain in the mix for some touches out of the backfield.
Dobbins is listed as the No. 4 running back on Baltimore's depth chart.
Fellow 2020 draft pick Patrick Queen is listed as a starter at inside linebacker, so it can't be said that the Ravens are universally deferring to veterans on their initial depth chart. However, reports from training camp suggested Dobbins was both busy and impressive on the practice field, and coach John Harbaugh said last week that he expects the rookie to have a significant role on offense. In all likelihood, Dobbins is still in line to take some carries Week 1 against the Browns, presumably mixing in behind starter Mark Ingram. Just to be safe, fantasy managers should check back Sunday morning after inactive lists are released, as there's a decent chance Baltimore will have one of its four running backs among the healthy scratches. Gus Edwards and Justice Hill are the other options, but it is possible Dobbins could be the scratch if the offensive gameplan revolves around Ingram while the other two guys are scheduled for significant work on special teams. Either way, Ingram is the smarter fantasy choice for Week 1.
Coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that he expects Dobbins to have a significant role on offense, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Harbaugh generally lets his coordinators and position coaches make decisions on playing time, but there's no doubt he has a pretty good idea how things will break down. While Mark Ingram is expected to remain the starter, it's certainly possible Dobbins gets more work than Gus Edwards did last season. Everything coming out of training camp on the second-round pick has been positive, including reports on his work as a pass catcher. It's hard to say if Dobbins will get five carries or 15 in the season opener against Cleveland, but it does seem pretty clear he'll be involved in the offense.
Dobbins has been impressing as a receiver in training camp, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
The rookie out of Ohio State has been making highlight-reel worthy plays on a daily basis, according to Zrebiec, and some of his most impressive work has been in the passing game. Dobbins has made acrobatic catches in the end zone on back-to-back days and seems to be making a smooth transition to the pros overall. The Ravens ran the ball a league-high 596 times in the regular season in 2019, and even if Mark Ingram remains the nominal starter at running back, there's room for Dobbins to carve out a significant role in this offense. And given the early camp impressions, it seems Dobbins is primed to make the most out of those opportunities.
Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said Wednesday that he foresees Dobbins working as a "three-down back," Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Dobbins may not immediately fill that three-down role as a rookie with Mark Ingram hanging around, but the veteran's contract would allow the team to part ways with him following the 2020 season with limited repercussions if it chooses to do so. If that comes to pass, Dobbins, would only have to beat out 2019 fourth-round pick Justice Hill to lay claim to a full workload, as Gus Edwards becomes a free agent after the 2020 season. The prospect of Dobbins potentially handling a heavy workload in 2021 and beyond would make him an attractive target in dynasty drafts.
The Ravens selected Dobbins in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 55th overall.
The Ravens' running game was already producing at an elite level, so Dobbins' talents weren't exactly necessary for Baltimore. At the same time, the former Ohio State star is very likely a standout talent at running back, one whose abilities could soon prove superior to those of Mark Ingram, not to mention Gus Edwards and Justice Hill. Dobbins didn't do athletic tests due to an ankle issue at the combine, but he should eventually fill out to about 215 pounds (209 at the combine) on a 5-foot-9 frame and otherwise showed the ability to turn the corner at Ohio State. After running for 4,459 yards (6.2 YPC) for the Buckeyes over 42 games, Dobbins should be expected to turn into a three-down standout in the relatively near future. For the short term, though, it might be difficult to displace a runner as good as Ingram.
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