RB - BAL
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Ravens are placing a second-round tender on RB Gus Edwards.
With the Ravens placing the tender on veteran runner Gus Edwards, they clearly have an interest in a return. Edwards has logged 130 carries in each of his seasons with the team. Last year, the veteran logged 723 yards and six touchdowns in a career season. With Mark Ingram being cut recently the move makes a ton of sense as the only backs remaining on the roster are J.K. Dobbins, Justice Hill, and Edwards.
Ravens GM Eric DeCosta told the media Tuesday that RB Gus Edwards would remain with Baltimore one way or another in 2021 either by way of a tender or a multi-year deal.
“He’s a Raven, he played his butt off for us (these past three years),” stated DeCosta. Edwards is one of just two players in NFL history to rush for 700 yards and average 5.0 yards per carry in each of their first three seasons. With Mark Ingram now out of the picture, this backfield will be comprised mostly of J.K. Dobbins and Edwards in 2021, with some Justice Hill sprinkled in. While Dobbins is likely the RB1 and could see 50-60% of the snaps on a weekly basis, there is still plenty of room for Edwards to be a fantasy force this upcoming season. He’ll also be one of the most attractive insurance options as well should anything happen to Dobbins.
The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec writes that the Ravens could sign RB Gus Edwards to an extension this offseason.
Edwards is a restricted free agent this offseason and would require a second-round tender is the Ravens plan to keep him. Mark Ingram is fully expected to leave, which means we could be looking at J.K. Dobbins and Edwards splitting backfield duties in 2021. Zrebiec writes that he expects Dobbins to be the lead runner next season.
Gus Edwards rushed 10 times for 42 yards in Saturday’s 17-3 Divisional Round loss to the Bills.
Edwards received the same amount of carries as starter J.K. Dobbins in Saturday’s playoff loss to the Bills. He will be a restricted free agent in 2021 and the Ravens could bring him back to compliment star rookie RB J.K. Dobbins. Edwards logged 144 carries for 723 yards and six touchdowns as part of a committee in 2020. The 25-year-old RB is not much of a receiving threat and is an RB 4/5 in upcoming fantasy drafts in 2021.
Gus Edwards rushed eight times for 38 yards in Sunday's 20-13 wild-card win over the Titans.
The Ravens rushed for 236 yards on the ground, splitting the carries between Lamar Jackson (16), J.K. Dobbins (9) and Edwards (8) in Sunday's Wild Card win over the Titans. He wasn't targeted in the passing game and ended up being third on the team in rushing attempts. Edwards will continue to split the Ravens backfield with Dobbins and is worth a GPP flyer in next week's AFC Divisional Round game against the Bills or Chiefs.
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