J.K. Dobbins

Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #27
Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #27
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J.K. Dobbins News

Improving as pass catcher

Head coach Jim Harbaugh indicated Tuesday that Dobbins has made significant progress as a receiver in the passing game, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Dobbins displayed explosiveness as a runner last season (6.0 YPC) but appears to be targeting additional reps by enhancing his abilities as a receiver in the passing game. The second-year back saw his workload increase down the stretch last season, averaging 12.8 carries for 82.5 yards and 1.2 rushing touchdowns per game over his final six games played, which could signal a breakout sophomore campaign for him.

Jun 8, 2021 11:18 AM EST

TD streak broken in playoff loss

Dobbins ran the ball 10 times for 42 yards, hauling in three of five targets for 51 yards during Saturday's 17-3 divisional-round loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Dobbins came into the AFC playoff matchup having posted eight rushing scores over his past seven outings, but Buffalo held the rookie back without a TD despite him receiving three red-zone carries. As was a prevailing trend over the latter stages of the season with Mark Ingram a frequent healthy scratch, Baltimore deployed Gus Edwards and Dobbins in equal measure on the ground as each back garnered 10 rush attempts Saturday night. The rookie from Ohio State closed out the campaign with double-digit rush attempts over seven of his final eight games of the season, racking up an astronomical 6.0 yards per carry during that span. The 22-year-old plays in as a vital part of the Ravens' ground attack looking ahead to 2021, after he totaled 805 yards and nine TDs on 134 carries in the regular season.

Jan 16, 2021 9:25 PM EST

Continues scoring streak

Dobbins rushed nine times for 43 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-13 wild-card win over the Titans. He also caught his only target but lost six yards.

Analysis: Dobbins was once again efficient on the ground despite not racking up the yards overall. His four-yard touchdown to start the third quarter gave the Ravens their first lead of the game, one they wouldn't relinquish. In finding the end zone, the rookie has now scored at least once in each of his last seven games, putting Dobbins in fantastic form ahead of the AFC divisional round.

Jan 10, 2021 1:15 PM EST

Erupts to close regular season

Dobbins rushed the ball 13 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns in Week 17 against the Bengals.

Analysis: Dobbins had a relatively quite first half, logging eight rushes for 45 yards. However, he had a big role in closing out the Ravens' victory, racking up touchdowns of 72 and four yards. After failing to command double-digit rushing attempts in the team's first six games, Dobbins has exploded in his final nine contests by racking up 651 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. He'll enter the Ravens' playoff matchup as the team's lead back.

Jan 3, 2021 2:30 PM EST

Solid effort despite brief exit

Dobbins rushed 11 times for 77 yards and a touchdown and failed to bring in his only target in the Ravens' 27-13 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Dobbins was forced briefly from the game in the second half with a chest injury, and although he returned to the contest, he did not log any additional touches. The rookie put some good work in for the day, however, scoring his seventh touchdown of the season on a two-yard run in the first quarter and also boosting his overall numbers with a game-long 25-yard run. Dobbins will head into a Week 17 road battle versus the vulnerable Bengals defense with at least 70 rushing yards in three of his past five contests and a five-game rushing TD streak.

Dec 27, 2020 2:10 PM EST

Back in the game

Dobbins who exited Sunday's game against the Giants with a chest injury, was able to return to the contest, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Now that he's back in the mix, Dobbins will resume sharing the Ravens' Week 16 running back duties with Gus Edwards.

Dec 27, 2020 12:43 PM EST

Leaves Sunday's game

Dobbins was forced out of Sunday's game against the Giants with a chest injury.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Dobbins logged 11 carries for 77 yards and a TD. In his absence, Gus Edwards will head the Ravens' Week 16 backfield.

Dec 27, 2020 12:26 PM EST

Leads backfield again

Dobbins carried the ball 14 times for 64 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Jaguars. He added one reception for 17 yards.

Analysis: Dobbins paced the Ravens' backfield, though Gus Edwards still commanded nine carries to eat into his workload. His longest rush came on the fifth play from scrimmage, when he racked up 11 yards along the left side of the offensive line. Dobbins continued to rush well throughout the first half, ripping off runs of seven, eight, and nine yards on two seperate drives before plunging into the end zone from two yards away to cap the latter. He has now hit pay dirt in four consecutive games, and will head into a Week 16 matchup against the Giants with a seemingly secure workload.

Dec 20, 2020 3:16 PM EST

Finds end zone again

Dobbins rushed 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 47-42 win over the Browns. He also ran in a successful two-point conversion.

Analysis: Dobbins led the Ravens in rushes, with Gus Edwards' seven marking the next most from a running back. Although Edwards also scored twice while accumulating 49 yards on the ground, Dobbins was still impressive Monday. With a one-yard touchdown during the third quarter, the rookie has now scored in three straight games, garnering double-digit carries in each of those outings as well. Such success has Dobbins' value rising as the end of the season approaches, and in Week 15 he's rewarded with a matchup against a Jaguars defense that's allowed the third-most rushing yards league-wide thus far.

Dec 14, 2020 9:44 PM EST

Notches TD against Cowboys

Dobbins collected 71 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries during Tuesday's 34-17 win against Dallas.

Analysis: Baltimore dominated the Cowboys' porous rush defense, with Gus Edwards (101), Lamar Jackson (94) and Dobbins helping the Ravens become the second team since the start of last season to have three different players hit 70-plus rushing yards in a game, per NFL Research. The return of Mark Ingram from the reserve/COVID-19 list did not have a notably detrimental impact on Dobbins' workload, with the veteran garnering just six carries against the Cowboys. Dobbins has fielded double-digit carries in four of his past games, as the Ravens head into a Week 14 matchup against a Cleveland defense that held Derrick Henry to 60 yards and zero TDs over 15 carries Sunday.

Dec 8, 2020 8:52 PM EST

Backfield back at full strength

The Ravens will have a fully stocked backfield Tuesday against the Cowboys following the activation of Mark Ingram (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list, which could impact Dobbins' workload.

Analysis: Since Baltimore's Week 7 bye, Ingram has missed three of five games and earned just nine touches. Meanwhile, Dobbins has been active four times en route to 53 touches for 255 yards from scrimmage and one TD; Gus Edwards has played in all five contests, with 49 touches for 210 total yards and three scores; and Justice Hill similarly has logged time in each one on his way to 12 touches for 43 total yards. The Ravens aren't afraid to use multiple backs from week to week, but Dobbins and Edwards seem the most likely to come out on top in terms of snaps and touches among the aforementioned quartet Tuesday.

Dec 6, 2020 7:44 AM EST

Activated from reserve/COVID-19 list

Dobbins was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday.

Analysis: The Ravens released their transaction report Friday and Dobbins is now back on the active roster. The Ravens have multiple practice opportunities remaining before Tuesday's game against the Cowboys, which should give Dobbins time to prepare. It's worth noting as well that Mark Ingram was not among those activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, so that could be one less player to compete with for carries when it comes to Dobbins. Look for Dobbins and Gus Edwards to be Baltimore's primary running backs Tuesday.

Dec 4, 2020 1:10 PM EST

Week 13 status to be determined

Coach John Harbaugh said that Dobbins did not play Wednesday as part of a "medical decision," Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com "Are they physically ready to go play in a game like that without practice? Those are all the things that doctors take into consideration," Harbaugh said in reference to Dobbins and Mark Ingram.

Analysis: Dobbins was not activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Wednesday's loss to the Steelers despite being eligible after clearing the minimum isolation period. However, Baltimore kept both Dobbins and Ingram out, and Harbaugh alluded to a lack of practice time playing a role. The Ravens haven't commented on Dobbins' status for Tuesday's game against the Cowboys, but if he's able to practice in the coming days, it could be enough to get him activated.

Dec 3, 2020 12:58 PM EST

Not available for Wednesday game

Dobbins (illness) won't be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Wednesday's game against the Steelers, Michele Tafoya of NBC Sports reports.

Analysis: Tafoya added that Mark Ingram (illness) won't be activated from the list either, with Kimberley A. Martin of ESPN relaying that neither running back flew with the team to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. With both Dobbins and Ingram sidelined, Gus Edwards is in line to start Week 12 and should take on the bulk of the carries, likely leaving fourth-stringer Justice Hill to work as the top chance-of-pace option out of the backfield. Assuming Dobbins doesn't experience any setbacks in his recovery from the coronavirus and is able to test negative for COVID-19 in the upcoming days, he should have a chance at returning to action in the Ravens' Week 13 matchup with the Cowboys on Dec. 8.

Dec 2, 2020 6:56 AM EST

Chance to play Wednesday

Dobbins (illness) and Mark Ingram (illness) will be eligible to play Wednesday against the Steelers, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The game was postponed again from Tuesday to Wednesday, potentially providing the pair of running backs the chance to rejoin the active roster ahead of the contest. The fact it's now possible doesn't definitively mean it will happen, especially given how quickly the situation has evolved. Regardless, the return of Dobbins or Ingram would be a big boost for the Ravens who will already be without quarterback Lamar Jackson (illness).

Nov 30, 2020 3:43 PM EST

Tests positive for COVID-19

Dobbins (illness) will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Dobbins and position mate Mark Ingram (illness) have both tested positive for COVID-19 following Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Titans, which resulted in Baltimore's team facilities being shut down Monday. The news leaves Gus Edwards and Justice Hill as the Ravens' only running backs heading into a primetime Thanksgiving Day contest against the Steelers, so Ty'Son Williams could be a candidate to bump up from the practice squad. Dobbins led Baltimore's backfield against Tennessee (15 carries for 70 yards), and he appeared to have been making a case for a bellcow role, but the rookie second-round pick will now be forced miss time until he's able to gain full medical clearance.

Nov 23, 2020 11:58 AM EST

Leads Ravens' backfield

Dobbins rushed the ball 15 times for 70 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Titans. He added two receptions for 15 yards.

Analysis: Dobbins matched his career-high mark in carries, leading the Ravens backfield in workload even with Mark Ingram healthy. He took advantage of his opportunity, consistently picking up chunks of yardage to average 4.7 yards per carry. Dobbins was also trusted near the goal-line, punching in a touchdown from two yards away late in the second quarter. It was his first time finding the end zone since Week 1, and also his second-highest yardage total on the ground in his career. Even if workload remains in his favor, Dobbins will face a tough matchup in Week 12 against the Steelers.

Nov 22, 2020 3:43 PM EST

Impacted by Ingram return

Dobbins had five carries for 13 yards against the Patriots and added a one-yard reception.

Analysis: Mark Ingram's return muddled the backfield rotation Sunday and Dobbins production was impacted as a result. He played fewer than 50 percent of the snaps for the first time since Week 6 and his carries dropped to the single digits for the first time since then as well. Dobbins has just one game with over 50 yards and has not scored a touchdown since the season opener. With Ingram back, Dobbins may be ticketed for frustrating workloads down the stretch.

Nov 17, 2020 5:13 PM EST

Held in check by Colts

Dobbins carried the ball 12 times for 30 yards and caught both his targets for five yards in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Colts.

Analysis: The Ravens' ground attack as a whole averaged only 2.9 yards a carry on the afternoon, but unlike Lamar Jackson and Gus Edwards, Dobbins wasn't able to boost his production with a touchdown. The rookie's workload in Week 10 will largely depend on whether Mark Ingram (ankle) is ready to rejoin the lineup.

Nov 8, 2020 3:12 PM EST

Should help fill in for Ingram

Dobbins and Gus Edwards are expected to take on elevated roles Sunday in Indianapolis with Mark Ingram (ankle) listed as doubtful for the contest, Daniel Oyefusi of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: While Ingram was sidelined during last week's loss to the Steelers, both Dobbins and Edwards enjoyed productive days while splitting the backfield work. Dobbins and Edwards both received 16 touches apiece, but the former played 54 snaps and accrued 121 yards from scrimmage, while the latter played 26 and put up 87 yards. Though Edwards should remain heavily involved in the Ravens' ground attack Week 10, Dobbins' ability to contribute both as a ballcarrier and as a pass catcher gives him the greater fantasy upside of the two backs.

Nov 6, 2020 3:50 PM EST

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