Could Dobbins rush for 1,000 yards?
Rave reviews for JK Dobbins keep pouring in and one expert thinks he could have a monster rookie season.
Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus has boldly predicted that Dobbins will be one of three rookie backers to rush over 1,000 yards this season.
“The multitude of talent at the top of this class of running backs was insane,” Renner wrote. “There were five guys on the PFF scoreboard who would have given Josh Jacobs the competition for RB1 if they were in the 2019 class. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, JK Dobbins and the aforementioned Jonathan Taylor are all in great positions for cover over 1,000 yards, and Cam Akers, D’Andre Swift and Antonio Gibson are also likely to take the reins of their respective offenses. “
Dobbins was a workaholic at Ohio State and is in the right attack to make an impact early in his career. The Ravens were by far the best running ground team in the league last season and executed the ball nearly 100 more attempts than the closest team (596).
There is no doubt that Dobbins will be involved, but how many remains to be seen. At least three players (Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram II and Gus Edwards) had more than 100 ground attempts last season. Ingram led the backfield with 202 and is set for another solid season.
“Ingram is now 30 years old and, regardless of his age, running backs take enough punches that depth becomes very critical,” wrote Tyler Stephen of Sports Illustrated. “A committee approach seems likely for a Baltimore team that peaked the league (by far) 57 percent of the time last year, but don’t be surprised if the young rookie steals the show at some point, either. given.”
Chances are we could see Dobbins transition into the backfield much like Ray Rice did when he was drafted in 2008. Rice saw 107 attempts behind Willis McGahee before taking over the following season.
Others like Fantasy Pros’ Derek Lofland think it could play out like the New Orleans Saints backfield of Ingram and Alvin Kamara in 2017.
“I’m not sure the two will end up in the top 10, because unlike New Orleans with Drew Brees that year, Jackson also directs the ball from the quarterback position and there may not be. be not enough balloons for all three players to display monster numbers, “Lofland wrote. “What I foresee is for Dobbins to become the star of the second half of the season and be one of the best rookies in fantasy football.”