Gus Edwards

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

May not be ready for camp

Coach John Harbaugh said Monday that there's a "chance" both Edwards (knee) and backfield mate J.K. Dobbins (knee) begin training camp on the PUP list, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Edwards and Dobbins both suffered torn ACLs last offseason and subsequently spent the entire 2021 campaign sidelined. Though the backfield tandem may not be ready for the start of training camp, it appears that there's not yet reason for concern about either Dobbins' or Edwards' recoveries. Harbaugh said "we'll probably play it safe a little bit with those guys and take our time and just bring them along for the season." Assuming neither running back encounters any recovery setbacks, Dobbins would seem to be the favorite to operate as the No. 1 option Week 1 of the 2022 season, while Edwards should be primed for a valuable complementary role.

Mar 28, 2022 9:02 AM EST

Placed on IR

Edwards (knee) will be placed on IR by the Ravens.

Analysis: After previously losing both J.K. Dobbins (knee) and Justice Hill (Achilles) to season-ending injuries, Edwards is the latest Baltimore back to hit IR. In the wake of the team's string of backfield injuries, Latavius Murray is poised to join the Ravens' active roster along with Ty'Son Williams and Trenton Cannon, while Le'Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman are candidates to be elevated from the team's practice squad.

Sep 10, 2021 8:44 AM EST

Diagnosed with torn ACL

Edwards sustained a confirmed torn ACL during Thursday's practice, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Edwards joins Dobbins as Ravens running backs to suffer such an injury, but Justice Hill also is out for the season with an Achilles tear, leaving the team painfully thin at running back. Ty'Son Williams is expected to step in as Baltimore's lead running back to kick off the campaign, with Trenton Cannon also on the 53-man roster and Le'Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman on the practice squad.

Sep 9, 2021 5:22 PM EST

ACL tear feared

Both Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relay that the Ravens fear that Edwards suffered a torn ACL during Thursday's practice.

Analysis: After losing both J.K. Dobbins (knee) and Justice Hill (Achilles) to season-ending injuries, Baltimore is now poised to lose Edwards for an extended period. In that context, Ty'Son Williams now appears to be on track to head the team's backfield in Week 1, with Trenton Cannon in reserve and Le'Veon Bell a candidate to be promoted from the practice squad in short order. Moreover, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic suggests that free agents like Latavius Murray or Devonta Freeman could be options for Ravens to explore.

Sep 9, 2021 1:08 PM EST

Suffers knee injury

Edwards suffered a knee injury in practice Thursday that the team fears is season-ending, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Edwards was set to be the primary running back with the season-ending knee injury to J.K. Dobbins. With Justice Hill also suffering a season-ending injury, Ty'Son Williams could lead the backfield in Week 1 if Edwards is sidelined.

Sep 9, 2021 12:54 PM EST

In line for expanded role

With the expectation that J.K. Dobbins is likely to miss the coming campaign with a knee injury, Edwards is poised to lead Baltimore's backfield heading into the 2021 regular season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Edwards has been effective in a lead role for the team in the past, and with Dobbins no longer in line to lead the way out of the gate this season, the 26-year-old -- who logged 144 carries for 723 yards and six TDs in 2020 -- is in line for expanded work, notably on early-downs. Also currently in Baltimore's complementary/pass-catching back mix are Ty'Son Williams and Justice Hill (ankle).

Aug 29, 2021 7:33 AM EST

Replaces injured Dobbins

Edwards took two carries for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason game against Washington, while teammate J.K. Dobbins left early with a knee/leg injury, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: The injury didn't look good, with Dobbins going down for a couple minutes before he was helped off by trainers and later carted to the locker room. Edwards didn't get much work Friday night, but he may now be the Week 1 starter and lead back in a road matchup with the Raiders on Monday Night Football (Sept. 13). The Ravens' other tailbacks are Justice Hill (who missed Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury), Ty'Son Williams and Nate McCrary.

Aug 28, 2021 4:56 PM EST

Effective in brief showing

Edwards ran for 28 yards on four carries in Saturday's preseason game against Carolina.

Analysis: Edwards was effective as he almost always is. J.K. Dobbins is likely the clear lead back for Baltimore because of his uncommon talent, but Edwards might be an above average running back talent in his own right. Although not much of it is likely to occur on passing downs, Edwards should be a steady off-the-bench contributor for Baltimore.

Aug 21, 2021 7:18 PM EST

Not playing against Saints

Edwards won't play in Saturday's preseason game against New Orleans, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: Edwards' absence might mean extra work for J.K. Dobbins, but it's more likely the Ravens will keep their depth backs busy in the preseason opener. Apart from a 10-day stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list at the beginning of training camp, there hasn't been any report of Edwards missing practice time with an injury or illness. He may just be working his way back into game shape, still catching up with teammates that didn't miss the early portion of camp.

Aug 14, 2021 3:41 PM EST

Co-starter for preseason opener

Edwards is listed as a co-starter on Baltimore's depth chart for the preseason opener.

Analysis: J.K. Dobbins has been expected to be the leader of the backfield this season but Edwards carries enough cachet to warrant a significant role as well. Edwards -- who signed a two-year, $10 million extension this offseason -- has averaged a strong 5.2 YPC over 414 career carries in three seasons and he is particularly effective in short-yardage situations with his ability to gain positive yardage at an 86.8 percent clip. Even if Dobbins is the snap count leader, Edwards projects to see plenty of work as well.

Aug 10, 2021 9:11 AM EST

Back on practice field

The Ravens activated Edwards from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 on July 27 and has spent the time since progressing through the league's related protocols, so Friday's session will mark his first on-field activity of training camp. The 26-year-old running back, who inked a two-year extension with the Ravens back in June, can resume operating as the team's No. 2 running back behind J.K. Dobbins.

Aug 6, 2021 9:31 AM EST

Out 10 days on COVID-19 list

Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the first 10 days of training camp, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: 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.

Jul 27, 2021 12:01 PM EST

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

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