|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 235 lb.|
|Drafted:||2018 / UDFA|
Edwards signed his exclusive rights tender with the Ravens on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Edwards has impressed with his reps through two seasons, averaging 25.5 offensive snaps per game en route to consecutive 700-yard campaigns on the ground. Overall, he's ran at a clip of 5.3 YPC and earned 29 red-zone carries in 27 contests. The Ravens nonetheless nabbed J.K. Dobbins in the second round of April's draft, creating a three-headed monster in the backfield behind starter Mark Ingram. Edwards' experience and production may help him remain in the RB rotation, but he may be hard-pressed to match his pro workload (10 carries per game) to date.
Edwards's role with the team could take a hit after the Ravens drafted Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins in the second round, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Baltimore placed a tender on Edwards in March so he's presumably still in the team's plans to an extent, but the Dobbins pick is a strong statement that the Ravens are still looking to beef up the run game. Dobbins, a second-rounder, has a three-down skill set and he projects to be the direct backup to Mark Ingram. If the Ravens are looking to reduce Ingram's workload to keep him fresh later in the season, Dobbins would get the first crack at the carries. Edwards is still uniquely effective in short-yardage situations; he has notched a positive run rate of at least 88 percent in each of his two seasons. Edwards can still have that role with Dobbins on the roster, it's just that the path to matching his overall carry volume from 2019 just got a lot more treacherous.
Edwards will remain with the Ravens after the team placed a contract tender on the exclusive rights free agent.
Analysis: Edwards is thus slated to reprise his role working behind Baltimore's top back, Mark Ingram. Edwards finished up the 2019 campaign with133 carries for 711 yards and two TDs, to go along with seven catches for 45 yards. As long as Ingram stays healthy, Edwards isn't a strong fantasy lineup option, but the 24-year-old has been productive when given the opportunity, having maintained an average of 5.3 yards per carry over his first two seasons with Baltimore.
Edwards saw three carries for 20 yards in the divisional round loss to the Titans.
Analysis: The Ravens surprisingly went away from using Edwards against the Titans despite the second-year running back ripping off 6.7 yards per carry. Edwards finished the regular season with 133 carries for 711 yards (5.3 YPC) and two touchdowns, proving to be a reliable option out of the backfield behind Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson. He is set to hit free agency this offseason but given his skill set and familiarity with the system, Baltimore will likely attempt to retain him.
Edwards could be leaned on out of the Ravens' backfield Saturday against the Titans if Mark Ingram (calf) is limited or sidelined, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Edwards was the lead RB option Week 17 when Ingram rested a tight calf, totaling 22 touches for 132 yards from scrimmage. After the Ravens' first-round bye, Ingram didn't practice until Thursday, when he was limited, and received a questionable designation for the upcoming divisional-round matchup. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Ingram is "expected to play," but Edwards is on hand in the event the former's ability to get on the field is at all compromised.
Edwards carried 21 times for 130 yards and caught one of two targets for two additional yards during Sunday's 28-10 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Edwards thrived as the team's featured back, rumbling for 6.2 yards per carry en route to a new career high in rushing. Perhaps the only gripe for Edwards' fantasy owners in this one was his inability to find the end zone, as backfield mate Justice Hill vultured a red zone touchdown from him in the second quarter. Still, it was an excellent performance from the second-year back, who could play a role in the team's divisional-round game if Mark Ingram (calf) is still limited by his injury.
Edwards is in line for more work in Week 17 with Mark Ingram (calf) ruled out against the Steelers.
Analysis: Edwards turned in his second-highest rushing output of the season against the Brown in Week 16, taking 12 carries for 66 yards. Edwards is ripping off 5.2 yards per carry on the season and is now primed to take on the bulk of the rushing work for at least the season finale with Ingram sidelined. He'll likely cede passing-down work to rookie Justice Hill, however.
Edwards rushed 12 times for 66 yards and caught his lone targets for seven yards in Sunday's 31-15 win over the Browns.
Analysis: Edwards took over as the lead back after Mark Ingram exited with a second-half calf injury. While Edwards got 12 carries to Justice Hill's three, it was Hill who scored Baltimore's lone touchdown after Ingram's exit on an 18-yard run. Even if Ingram's injury doesn't prove serious, he'll likely sit out against the Steelers in Week 17 with Baltimore having locked up the No. 1 seed in the AFC, but it's unclear whether coach John Harbaugh will opt to hand Edwards a workhorse role or limit his touches to keep him fresh for the postseason.
Edwards had five carries for 35 yards Thursday against the Jets.
Analysis: Baltimore turned to Edwards to close things out Thursday, giving him three carries for 29 yards in the second half. Edwards has been effective when given opportunities, averaging 5.2 YPC, but the workload has been inconsistent. He's only seen double-digit carries twice all season and both of those instances came during blowouts. Edwards is also not involved in the passing game with just five targets on the year, which lowers his weekly floor. He and the Ravens will travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns in Week 16.
Edwards had four carries for 20 yards in Sunday's win over the Bills.
Analysis: The Ravens have played close games in each of the past two weeks and Edwards' playing time has suffered as he's combined for 10 carries for 35 yards in that span. Meanwhile, Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson have been taking on the bulk of the rushing workload. That said, with Baltimore checking in as two-touchdown favorites for Thursday's game against the Jets, there's a chance Edwards' workload ticks up in Week 15.
Edwards ran for 15 yards on six carries and added a seven-yard catch during Sunday's 20-17 win over the 49ers.
Analysis: Predictably, Edwards' usage and efficiency dropped precipitously when forced to face off against a stouter defense in a closer game. After beating up on the Texans and Rams in back-to-back blowouts, Edwards -- and the Ravens offense as a whole -- struggled against the 49ers. A similarly tough matchup awaits Sunday in Buffalo, though the Bills have been gashed at times in the run game, surrendering 4.5 yards per rush, 21st in the league.
Edwards ran for 55 yards on 14 carries during Monday's 45-6 win over the Rams.
Analysis: Edwards' 14 carries Monday were high highest total since Week 1. Coming off of a game in which he posted impressive numbers against the Texans, Edwards' usage against the Rams is sure to draw some attention -- but context is important. Eleven of Edwards' carries came in the second half, with Baltimore nursing -- at minimum -- a three-score lead. Edwards certainly has the frame to be a bruising finisher, and the Ravens may be blowing a few teams out down the stretch, but it will be somewhat of a shock if Sunday's opponent, the 49ers, are one of them. That said, don't be surprised if Baltimore goes particularly run heavy against a San Francisco defense that ranks tops in the league against the pass, but can be run on.
Edwards rushed eight times for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 41-7 win over the Texans on Sunday.
Analysis: Edwards put an exclamation point on the big win with a 63-yard touchdown rumble at the four-minute mark of the fourth quarter, a run that resulted in his second rushing score of the campaign. Edwards' opportunity came as a result of game script, however, so expectations should be tempered despite the big play. The second-year back hasn't seen double-digit carries since Week 1, and he'll be expected to continue in a clear complementary role versus the Rams in a Monday night Week 12 matchup.
Edwards carried the ball six times for 34 yards during Sunday's 23-17 win against the Bengals.
Analysis: Aside from a 25-yard run in the second quarter, none of Edwards' other five rushes went for more than three yards. The lengthy dash was his longest of the season and helped him surpass 30 yards on the ground for the third time in six games. Despite his presence in the Ravens' top-ranked run offense, Edwards is a distant third in the pecking order behind Mark Ingram and quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Edwards had five carries for 17 yards Sunday against the Steelers and added one catch for six yards.
Analysis: It was another quiet outing from Edwards, who has now been held under 30 rushing yards in three of his last four outings. He's averaging just 19.7 snaps per game in that span and simply isn't seeing a useful role for fantasy purposes. Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson are accounting for nearly 70 percent of the rushes in the offense, so even though Edwards is firmly ahead of Justice Hill, there aren't enough carries leftover for Edwards to manufacture relevant production.
Edwards had six carries for 28 yards and caught his only target for an eight-yard gain against the Browns.
Analysis: Edwards had just one fewer carry than he did against Kansas City, but the Browns had more success in stopping him as he was held to 4.7 yards per carry as opposed to the 7.6 he was tearing off against the Chiefs. Mark Ingram remains the clear lead back, but Edwards is still ahead of Justice Hill in the pecking order and should continue to see a handful of carries each week.
Edwards ran for 53 yards on seven carries and added two catches for 15 yards during Sunday's 33-28 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: The 7.6 yards per clip were obviously a welcomed sight after Edwards inefficient start to the season. The question is, however, whether Sunday's improve effectiveness will lead to more opportunities moving forward. Veteran Mark Ingram has been a beast to start the year with five touchdowns in three games, including three Sunday. Edwards has value in keeping Ingram fresh, but -- until the veteran cools or Edwards strings together a few more days like he had Sunday -- his value probably isn't high enough to play.
Edwards had three carries for 11 yards in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: The Ravens didn't have the luxury of pulling their starters against the Cardinals, which led to Mark Ingram taking the majority of the running back snaps. Edwards, who saw 17 carries in the opener, played just 16 snaps against Arizona and his production was modest yet again as he was held under 4.0 yards per carry. It's also worth noting that rookie Justice Hill matched Edwards' play count, although he had two touches for 14 yards. It appears that Baltimore will continue to lean on Ingram in competitive situations, so Edwards could be in for a limited role again in Week 3 when the Ravens go to Arrowhead to face the Chiefs.
Edwards had 17 carries for 56 yards Sunday against the Dolphins.
Analysis: The second-year running back actually led the team in carries, but he was far less efficient than Mark Ingram, who racked up 107 yards and two scores on just 14 carries. Even so, the fact that Edwards saw a heavy workload, particularly compared to rookie Justice Hill's seven carries, shows that he is the clear No.2 back in this offense. And Hill's 3.9 YPC likely won't be enough to change that heading into Week 2 against Arizona. Edwards also shouldn't be expected to lead the Ravens in carries on a week-to-week basis, though, so it's possible that Sunday will be Edwards' high water mark in that category this season.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman suggested Edwards and Justice Hill will have roles behind starter Mark Ingram. "We'll probably kind of see who's got the hot hand," Roman said Thursday. "But, you know, Mark's our starter, and I think everybody is going to contribute."
Analysis: Ingram's status atop the depth chart has never been questioned, but Edwards and Hill should still get some chances in a run-heavy offense, especially now that Kenneth Dixon (knee) is out of the picture. The Ravens likely will have all three running backs active for Sunday's game in Miami, with the workload split to be determined. Roman seems to be hinting at a degree of involvement for each of the three players.
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