Gus Edwards

Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #13
Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #13
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Gus Edwards News

Agrees to two-year extension

Edwards and the Ravens have agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract extension Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Edwards received a restricted free agent tender from the Ravens in mid-March and has finally come to terms on a new contract with the club. 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.

Jun 7, 2021 8:59 AM EST

Gets RFA tender

The Ravens are giving Edwards a restricted free agent tender, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: GM Eric DeCosta hinted at this earlier in the week, but the team still hasn't specified which RFA tender Edwards will get. It'll likely be a second-round designation, which comes with a $3.38 million salary and the right of first refusal on any offer sheet. If it is indeed a second-round tender, Edwards will be highly unlikely to receive offers from other teams. He's one of four RBs on Baltimore's offseason roster, joined by JK Dobbins, Justice Hill and Ty'Son Williams.

Mar 10, 2021 1:09 PM EST

Likely staying in Baltimore

GM Eric DeCosta said the Ravens plan to keep Edwards for 2021, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: Edwards' undrafted background allows him to become a restricted free agent after only three accrued seasons in the NFL. Given these comments from DeCosta, it sounds like the Ravens will 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 RBs 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.

Mar 10, 2021 11:16 AM EST

Helps move the chains

Edwards rushed eight times for 38 yards in Sunday's 20-13 wild-card win over the Titans.

Analysis: 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 who it comes against in the AFC divisional round.

Jan 10, 2021 1:26 PM EST

Tallies 60 rushing yards

Edwards carried the ball 12 times for 60 yards in the Ravens' Week 17 win over the Bengals. He added one reception for 10 yards.

Analysis: Despite drawing no carries in the fourth quarter, Edwards reached-digit rushing attempts for the second consecutive game to close the regular season. His role with the team has remained remarkably consistent, as he has now had between 139 and 153 total touches across each of his four campaigns. He has never surpassed 1,000 total yards, though his 852 yards from scrimmage in 2020 were the highest of his career. He'll likely continue to split the duties in the Ravens' backfield with J.K. Dobbins throughout the team's playoff push.

Jan 3, 2021 3:41 PM EST

Good to go Sunday

Edwards (back) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: The 25-year-old was considered questionable with the back issue, but it won't prevent him from suiting up Week 17. Edwards is poised to split backfield work with J.K. Dobbins in the final game of the regular season.

Jan 3, 2021 8:36 AM EST

Expected to play Sunday

Edwards (back) is expected to play Sunday against the Bengals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Official confirmation of his Week 17 status will arrive prior to the first wave of kickoffs Sunday, with Baltimore facing Cincinnati at 1:00 ET. If Edwards -- who was added to to the Ravens' injury report Friday -- is a go, he'd be in line to share running back duties with J.K. Dobbins.

Jan 3, 2021 4:27 AM EST

Added to injury report

Edwards (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals after being limited at practice Friday.

Analysis: The Ravens list 10 players as questionable this week, but given that Edwards was a Friday addition to the team's injury report, his status for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff is worth monitoring. If he's limited or out this weekend, added snaps behind J.K. Dobbins would be available for Justice Hill and perhaps Mark Ingram (illness/questionable).

Jan 1, 2021 1:29 PM EST

Over 100 scrimmage yards in win

Edwards rushed 15 times for 85 yards and secured both his targets for 37 yards in the Ravens' 27-13 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Edwards ended up pacing the Ravens in rushing yards, slightly outgaining Lamar Jackson (80 yards) and J.K. Dobbins (77 yards), the latter having exited the game briefly in the second half with a chest injury. Edwards' receiving yardage total also qualified as second on the team for the afternoon, and the third-year back now boasts four games with at least 73 yards rushing despite not having logged more than 16 carries in any of those contests. The 25-year-old will look to continue producing in a complementary capacity during Baltimore's Week 17 divisional clash versus the Bengals.

Dec 27, 2020 2:25 PM EST

Logs nine carries

Edwards rushed the ball nine times for 42 yards in Week 15 against the Jaguars. He added two receptions for 36 yards.

Analysis: Edwards led the Ravens offense on their opening drive, taking the first two handoffs of the game. However, he was ultimately out-touched by J.K. Dobbins 15-11. Despite the limited workload, Edwards had chances to produce, specifically taking a handoff to the two-yard line before being replaced by Dobbins to begin the second quarter. Similarly, Edwards broke off a 34-yard run early in the third quarter that ended five yards shy of the end zone, though Lamar Jackson ultimately capped the drive with a touchdown rush of his own. Edwards should be in line for a similar workload in Week 16 against the Giants.

Dec 20, 2020 6:04 PM EST

Adds two touchdowns

Edwards rushed seven times for 49 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 47-42 win over the Browns. He also caught his lone target for four yards.

Analysis: Edwards scored from 11 yards during the second quarter, then scampered in from 19 to begin the third. Those rushes bring his season total up to six touchdowns, all of which have come over Edwards' last eight games. Although rookie JK Dobbins again led the Ravens' tailbacks in carries Monday, Edwards still followed last week's 100-yard outing with another valuable display, putting him in fine form ahead of a favorable matchup against the Jaguars in Week 15.

Dec 14, 2020 9:51 PM EST

Reemerges with 100-yard rushing day

Edwards ran for 101 yards on seven carries during Tuesday's 34-17 win against Dallas.

Analysis: Baltimore reached 200-plus rushing yards for the 12th time since the start of 2019, also posting the second-highest team rushing output of the entire 2020 campaign Tuesday night (294). Edwards was integral towards attaining those distinctions, breaking off three runs of 20-plus yards against a Cowboys defense that has conceded more than 260 rushing yards on three different occasions this season. The Miami product only garnered one more carry than Mark Ingram, in what was the veteran's return from a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Nevertheless, with an explosive performance Week 13, Edwards seems poised to maintain a role of his own for the stretch run.

Dec 8, 2020 9:09 PM EST

Among four active Ravens RBs

Edwards is active alongside fellow running backs J.K. Dobbins, Mark Ingram and Justice Hill on Tuesday against the Cowboys.

Analysis: During a Week 12 loss at Pittsburgh, the Ravens were without Dobbins and Ingram, who were on the reserve/COVID-19 list. As a result, Edwards and Justice Hill split the RB workload, with the former turning nine carries into 10 yards and one TD while the latter had 11 touches for 40 yards from scrimmage. The presence of Dobbins and Ingram on Tuesday further clouds how much work Edwards can expect. Having said that, Baltimore may very well attempt to exploit the Cowboys' bottom-ranked run defense by feeding Edwards, Dobbins and Ingram early and often.

Dec 8, 2020 3:47 PM EST

Finds end zone in loss

Edwards rushed nine times for just 10 yards but did notch a one-yard touchdown in the Ravens' 19-14 loss to the Steelers on Wednesday.

Analysis: As his final line indicates, Edwards mostly had a miserable time finding running room against the Steelers' stingy run defense. However, he did salvage his day to an extent from a fantasy perspective by powering into the end zone from a yard out with 2:07 remaining in the first quarter to parlay a Ray-Ray McCloud muffed punt into points. Edwards' extended opportunity Wednesday came with both Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins still on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but with both players likely to be ready for Tuesday night's Week 14 battle versus the Cowboys, his role could be more modest in that contest.

Dec 2, 2020 4:07 PM EST

Slated for starting role Wednesday

Edwards is on track to serve as the Ravens' starting running back in Wednesday's game against the Steelers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Confirming a report from Michele Tafoya of NBC Sports, Rapoport relays that neither J.K. Dobbins (illness) nor Mark Ingram (illness) will be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of the Week 12 contest. With top quarterback Lamar Jackson (illness) also sitting out while Robert Griffin steps in behind center, Edwards looks like the clear top candidate to dominate the carries for Baltimore. Edwards hasn't shown much aptitude as a pass catcher during his three-year career, however, so he could cede reps to fourth-stringer Justice Hill on third downs and in obvious passing situations.

Dec 2, 2020 7:05 AM EST

Ravens-Steelers moved to Tuesday

Edwards and the Ravens won't play Sunday at Pittsburgh after the NFL announced the game was rescheduled for Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Even with this game getting moved for a second time, Edwards is poised to lead Baltimore's backfield after both Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Considering the Ravens rank second in the NFL in rush play percentage (51.9) and Edwards has averaged 5.1 yards per carry through two-plus seasons, he could have a productive outing Tuesday, assuming the game is played.

Nov 27, 2020 12:43 PM EST

Increased role on tap

Edwards is in line for an increased role Thursday against the Steelers after Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Ravens' backfield depth is depleted in light of this news, but Edwards has shown he can handle an increased workload in the past. Edwards got the start against the Steelers in Week 17 of 2019 and took 21 carries for 130 yards. He also had his best game of the season to this point against Pittsburgh when he took 16 carries for 87 yards and a score. Edwards is coming off his quietest outing of the season -- a three-carry, six-yard performance against the Titans -- but that was due in part to Dobbins seeing the bulk of the backfield work. Look for Edwards to handle most of the carries Thursday against the Steelers.

Nov 24, 2020 6:21 AM EST

Losing grip on role

Edwards logged three carries for six yards in Week 11 against the Titans.

Analysis: Edwards was out-carried by J.K. Dobbins 15-3 and made no notable contributions to the outcome of the game. He did get one carry more than Mark Ingram, who has seen his role in the offense diminished. Even so, since Ingram returned in Week 10 against New England, Edwards has commanded only 10 rushing attempts across two contests.

Nov 22, 2020 5:00 PM EST

Over 70 yards from scrimmage

Edwards had seven carries for 42 yards and added one catch for 31 yards on two targets against the Patriots.

Analysis: Mark Ingram was back, which impacted the snap distribution in the Baltimore backfield. Still, Edwards was effective when on the field. His snap share fell below 25 percent but Edwards is still seeing carries on a high percentage of his snaps. Put another way, Edwards has a 44.3 percentage of snaps with a touch, which is 63rd percentile among running backs. It's also worth noting that Edwards has gotten some work in the passing game the last three weeks; Edwards had three targets in six games before the bye and now has three catches for 42 yards in three games since the bye. It's not a significant target volume, but given Edwards' previous absence from the passing game, this is a development worth monitoring in the coming weeks. Baltimore hosts Tennessee on Sunday.

Nov 17, 2020 5:28 PM EST

Finds end zone in win

Edwards carried the ball 11 times for 23 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Colts.

Analysis: While he didn't gain much real estate, Edwards was able to run for a TD for the third straight game. All three scores have come since Mark Ingram (ankle) got hurt, and Edwards' fantasy value in Week 10 will largely depend on whether Ingram is back in the lineup.

Nov 8, 2020 3:09 PM EST

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