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Pro Football Focus 28 August, 2021 - 06:01pm 13 views

Did JK Dobbins get hurt?

Former Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins suffered an apparent knee injury on in the first quarter of Baltimore's preseason game on Saturday afternoon. The current Baltimore Ravens running back took a screen pass from Lamar Jackson, ran to the left hand side of the field and was tackled by two Washington defenders. CalBearsMavenJ.K. Dobbins Suffers Apparent Left Knee Injury vs. Washington

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Presser: John Harbaugh on J.K. Dobbins Injury | Baltimore Ravens

The Ebony Bird 29 August, 2021 - 12:00am

J.K. Dobbins carted to locker room Saturday night

4for4 29 August, 2021 - 12:00am

JK Dobbins now being carted to the Ravens’ locker room.

Our injury expert Adam Hutchison saw the video and is worried. He thinks the best case scenario is around eight weeks and worst case is that Dobbins has a tear and will be out for the year. If Dobbins misses extended time, then Gus Edwards will likely post low-end RB1 numbers. He had the No. 5 PFF run grade last year and owns the fifth-highest yards per carry (5.18) since 2019. He's not a great pass-catcher but he's not a total dud, either. If Dobbins is ruled out for the year, Edwards joins David Montgomery, Chris Carson and James Robinson in the premium RB2 tier, and one could argue that he should lead tier given Baltimore's offensive line and run-heavy attack. Justice Hill would likely serve as his backup and becomes an interesting attrition pick in the double-digit rounds.

The Philadelphia Eagles have traded for quarterback Gardner Minshew. Philadelphia surrendered a conditional sixth round pick to acquire the signal-caller. The pick becomes a fifth round selection if Minshew plays 50% or more of the snaps in three games this season.

The Eagles needed to address their backup quarterback situation and have found an answer in Garnder Minshew. Minshew has starting experience and will make for a solid spot starter if needed. Jalen Hurts' fantasy value is not affected by this acquisition. He remains a potentially elite fantasy option and is currently our 10th ranked quarterback. Trevor Lawrence's fantasy value also remains the same as the 'competition' in Jacksonville was always viewed with skepticism.

When discussing final roster predictions, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times wrote that D'Wayne Eskridge fit in as the team's third receiver after returning to practice last week. His consistency with the offense despite time off bodes well for the rookie.

The names after Eskridge are less than appealing. It also helps that Seattle spent draft capital on the Western Michigan prospect and have given him every opportunity to succeed. The rookie is John Paulsen's WR82.

Giants rookie WR Kadarius Toney is likely out for Sunday's preseason finale due to lingering COVID-19 effects, according ton Darryl Slater of NJ.com. Toney was spotted standing on the sidelines during Friday's practice and not participating in any sort of work or drills.

Slater also added this in his Friday column:

"(Giants head coach Joe)Judge didn’t say this, but there’s basically no chance Toney plays Sunday. Among the factors Judge said he is considering for Toney’s status Sunday: “Is it the best thing for him and is it the best thing for our team to put a guy out there who hasn’t had a lot of reps?”

And if you read between the lines of Judge’s comments, you also shouldn’t expect Toney — who has barely participated in camp — to have much of a role early in the season."

“It’s unfortunate, but there’s a number of young guys that we haven’t been able to get them as many reps as we want to this training camp, to really get them ready for the season,” Judge said. “As a young player, you can’t lay back on years of experience."

Toney has been living the worst-case scenario of a rookie skill position player ahead of his first season. The expectation of him contributing from Week 1 are nil and with talented options ahead of him at receiver, he could be a healthy scratch or similar well into the season. Toney is a fade in re-draft and will at most be a dart throw as a waiver option.

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How J.K. Dobbins Injury Impacts Ravens Backfield

The Action Network 28 August, 2021 - 06:54pm

Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins suffered a knee injury during the team’s third and final preseason game Saturday against Washington. The second-year back was carted off the field and subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the contest.

Dobbins, a second-round pick out of Ohio State, was integral for Baltimore all year long as a rookie in 2020.

He scored his first two touchdowns in Week 1 against the Browns and finished red-hot, notching double-digit carries and a score in his final six regular-season contests.

Dobbins was also useful in the passing game, posting a 75% catch rate for quarterback Lamar Jackson.

The Ravens are currently +1400 to win the Super Bowl at DraftKings, the third-shortest odds among AFC clubs.

Here’s what our fantasy expert think of the Dobbins’ situation:

I’m ranking Gus Edwards RB29 right now (I’m factoring in a ~50/50 chance Dobbins is done for the season).

He would become the lead back, but his ceiling is limited because I don’t expect Gus to be too involved in the passing game. Justice Hill would pick up most of the receiving work and be the team’s No. 2 back; Ty’Son Williams would likely be the No. 3 back.

We still don’t know the extent of Dobbins’ injury. He’s probably worth a flier if he falls in the RB45 range. There’s a chance he escaped with a sprain, but we are all guessing at this point.

He’s not worth the risk any time before RB40.

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Social media reacts to John Harbaugh's decision to play JK Dobbins in preseason finale

Saturday Tradition 28 August, 2021 - 06:39pm

Twitter is coming after John Harbaugh in busses after he made the decision to play J.K. Dobbins in the Ravens preseason finale.

Dobbins ended up getting hurt in the game after he caught a screen pass and ran for a few yards before being tackled. It looks to be a knee injury as he was carted off the field and then into the locker room after being looked at in the medical tent.

So far, there’s been no update for Dobbins as the Ravens are still playing the Washington Football Team in Landover.

Here’s what the masses had to say about Harbaugh after the decision to play Dobbins backfired on him:

One consequence of John Harbaugh's insane need to win every preseason game. But the Ravens are on pace to win their 20th straight! https://t.co/YEJHxonCZZ

— Sean Keane (@seankeane) August 28, 2021

— Daniel Hour (@dhourr) August 28, 2021

I'd like to have a 1 on 1 sitdown with John Harbaugh on WHY THIS GUY WAS EVEN PLAYING

— Sorny (@matt7sorensen) August 28, 2021

I wasn't planning on having to bash John Harbaugh until the regular season but here we are.

— Thirst Round Pick MD (@ThirstRoundPick) August 28, 2021

If anyone knows John Harbaugh's Venmo, let me know. Need to make some requests for ending a couple of my fantasy seasons before they even got started. No idea why you'd let your best RB anywhere near the turf at FedEx Field in a preseason game unless you're an absolute moron https://t.co/SVkZMSw2vn

— Jacob Nave (@jnay77) August 28, 2021

You can’t say “John Harbaugh is in record that he prefers NO preseason games” without also saying “he’s played Dobbins in all 3 of the 2021 preseason games” because he has an option to NOT play his valuable players during these games. Terrible injury hope it’s not that serious. https://t.co/ITSHwvhyPl

— Dayton (@Dayton_Brown_) August 28, 2021

I don’t often disagree with John Harbaugh, but I am livid that Dobbins was even in uniform today. Just so unnecessary when you’re trying to determine RB3 to have your top guy out there. My bet is he loses this season now, which is heartbreaking.

— Ashley (@SqueakyRaven) August 28, 2021

Sooo glad Harbaugh played Dobbins & the starters in this all-important week 3 preseason game https://t.co/9Kpq1n7rM4

If Harbaugh prefers no preseason games… why is Dobbins in there during a preseason game?

Pathetic. https://t.co/NCHn7XhlRK

— Joe Dolan (@FG_Dolan) August 28, 2021

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Ravens' Dobbins carted off, set for tests Sunday

ESPN 28 August, 2021 - 06:05pm

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LANDOVER, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens won their 20th straight preseason game Saturday night, but running back J.K. Dobbins' knee injury loomed over any unofficial NFL record.

Dobbins was ruled out for the rest of the Ravens' 37-3 rout of Washington after suffering a left knee injury on the opening drive.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh declined to specify his level of concern about Dobbins' injury after the game.

"He'll get tested [Sunday]," Harbaugh said. "We'll see where we're at, at that point in time."

Dobbins needed help to get to the sideline and had his arms draped on the shoulders of trainers because he couldn't put any weight on his left leg. He was soon carted off to the locker room.

Ravens wide receiver James Proche let out a long sigh when asked about seeing Dobbins leave the field that way.

"That one hurts, bro, because you know how much work he put in [and] the type of guy he is," Proche said. "He loves the game. Any time a game is taken away from a dude like, you really feel for him."

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said "hopefully" Dobbins doesn't miss time from the injury.

"That's a tremendous back," Jackson said. "But we have Gus [Edwards] and we have Ty [Williams]. Hopefully, he's good."

A second-round pick from a year ago, Dobbins was entering his first season as Baltimore's featured back. Last season, Dobbins was pivotal in the Ravens' late-season push to reach the playoffs, gaining 425 yards (eighth most in the NFL) and scoring six touchdowns in the final five regular-season games.

Last year, Dobbins averaged 6.0 yards per carry, the second-highest average by a rookie running back over the past 20 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Only the Saints' Alvin Kamara (6.1) had a higher average as a rookie.

"I was hoping for nothing, but I know he's going to be fine regardless of what happens," Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen said of Dobbins' injury. "Prayers out for him, for sure."

Baltimore's is among the top backup running backs in the NFL. He was signed to a two-year, $10 million extension this offseason after being one of two players in NFL history to produce at least 700 yards rushing and average 5-plus yards per carry in the first three seasons of a career, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. The other is two-time Pro Bowl back Nick Chubb of the Cleveland Browns.

After Dobbins' injury, the Ravens rolled to wrap up their sixth straight perfect preseason behind Tyler Huntley's five touchdowns (four passing and one rushing). Baltimore eclipsed the Vince Lombardi-coached Green Bay Packers, who won 19 preseason games in a row from 1959 to 1962.

Although the official record is unknown, the Ravens' 20-game preseason win streak is the longest by anyone confirmed by Elias Sports Bureau since 1995.

The Ravens' last preseason loss was Sept. 3, 2015.

"I just think it's really cool. ... There's a lot of guys watching on TV telling their kids about that accomplishment and that they were a part of that," Harbaugh said of the preseason record. "That's the most meaningful thing."

J.K. Dobbins carried off field in Baltimore Ravens final preseason game with apparent leg injury

247Sports 28 August, 2021 - 12:27pm

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Dobbins is set to enter his second NFL season after the Ravens drafted him with the No. 55 overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. In 15 games during his rookie season, Dobbins totaled 134 carries for 805 yards (6.0 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns.

It would be a surprise to no one to see Dobbins flourish this season. NFL.com’s Marc Sessler believes he will do so, and be recognized for it.

In an article where he highlighted a potential first-time Pro Bowler for each AFC team, Sessler chose Dobbins for the Ravens and outlined why:

While speaking with the media at mandatory minicamp, the running back was asked if he has set any specific goals for himself heading into his second season.

“Yeah, the main goal is to do better than what I did last year,” Dobbins said. “But this year I want to come in, help my team in all ways possible on that field to get to the Super Bowl. It could be receiving, it could be running… just help my team win the game. That’s what I’m working towards right now and it’s going pretty great.”

Dobbins was also asked if he feels his first full offseason will benefit him heading into his second season after last year’s offseason workouts were limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” he said. “It’s even good for the whole team, I feel like, because we all get to get our chemistry – more chemistry than we had last year. Last year was my first year on the team and I didn’t get to see some of the people until I got into the building in late July. We were talking on Zoom, but there was nothing like in-person interaction. So this definitely helps with that. And just doing the plays, all that stuff, it just helps with confidence and knowing the plays. It’s a big difference and I feel it.”

Despite Dobbins only catching 18 passes for 120 yards, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh outlined at the team’s OTAs last month that the running back will have a greater role in that department during his second season.

"One of the main points of emphasis has been to involve our running backs in the passing game more,” Harbaugh said. "J.K, obviously, is going to be a focal point in that. J.K. and Justice [Hill], specifically, that's what they should be really good at. That should be a big part of their tool kits. That's something we want to emphasize and continue to improve at."

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