Gus Edwards the Top Back in Baltimore?

It was real surprise this past Sunday when Gus Edwards looked like he took over the Baltimore Ravens’ backfield with Lamar Jackson starting at quarterback. This makes sense since Jackson and Edwards have probably been paired up with in practice a good amount, but I think this may be very good for the Ravens going forward.

Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards, center, rushes against Los Angeles Rams linebacker Micah Kiser, left, and defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Photo: AP Photo/Nick Wass

Edwards had not gotten a ton of work this year due to being behind Alex Collins and Javarious “Buck” Allen in the backfield, but he shined when his number was called on Sunday. He finished the day with 17 carries for 117 yards, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion while averaging 6.8 YPC.

Out of all the running backs currently on the team, including Ty Montgomery, I think this kid is the most talented back and as long as Lamar Jackson is the quarterback, we should continue to see a heavy amount of Edwards.

It has yet to be said who the starting back is, but John Harbaugh would be stupid not to use him as the feature back with Jackson running the show, especially when you consider the lack of production you have been getting from the other backs. I like Alex Collins and Buck Allen, but they just aren’t cut out to be workhorse backs.

If you ask me, Edwards and Jackson should both be starters going forward, with Edwards getting around 25 carries a game. Plus, with Jackson running the ball a total of 27 times against the Bengals, this next game might set up Edwards for a pretty similar performance.

Look at it this way, Jackson is going to be the main focus of the defense and if they believe he’s going to run that much again, then he’ll start handing the ball off on some of the read options to fool the defense. As long as Edwards keeps a steady volume, it should put him in a very good position to make things happen for a run game that hasn’t gotten going this year.


Photo: AP Photo/Nick Wass

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