With training camp right around the corner, we’re breaking down each position’s competition. Today is the running backs.
In the Hunt
- Kenneth Dixon, 4th season
- Gus Edwards, 2nd season
- Tyler Ervin, 4th season
- Justice Hill, rookie
- Mark Ingram II, 9th season
The Ravens targeted Ingram in free agency, adding a veteran workhorse back who is adept in all facets of the game. He’s a powerful runner who will pick up a lot of tough yards and make tacklers miss, but he’s also very effective as a receiver as well. Now the clear featured back, Ingram could once again top 1,000 yards like he did in 2016 and 2017 in New Orleans.
Edwards was very strong as the Ravens’ lead back down the stretch last year, rushing for 718 yards in just six starts, but he’ll be Baltimore’s No. 2 back heading into camp.
The No. 3 running back will still get some decent snaps in the Ravens offense, and it could be a good competition between Dixon and Hill. A fourth-round pick this year, Hill will make the roster. The question is whether Dixon will prove in training camp that the Ravens need to keep four running backs and deserves a share of the running back rotation.
Dixon ran well at the end of last season, averaging a whopping 5.6 yards per carry. He’s always been an impressive runner, but he had too many fumbles last year and hasn’t been reliably available because of injuries and suspensions. Hill is a smaller, speed back who could be the home run hitter the Ravens have been looking for, but he’s still learning as a rookie.
Under the Radar
Ervin was signed to the Ravens’ practice squad last November and resigned to compete this summer. A former fourth-round pick of the Houston Texans, he only had five carries in three seasons, but made an impact as a kick and punt returner. With the Ravens searching for their primary returner, Ervin could find his way onto the 53-man roster if he clearly stands out as the best option and flashes on offense.