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Gus Edwards confident heading into 2019

"I know where I stand here."

June 07, 2019 - 11:38 am

By Austin Medina  

Last year, the Ravens saw production from a variety of unfamiliar names. Rookies Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews provided a go-to tandem for Baltimore’s offense. A name that jumped onto the scene late was running back Gus Edwards.

Edwards, 24, signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He received his first opportunity in Week 6, where he made his pro debut in a 21-0 victory over the Titans.

Although he started just six games, Edwards led all Ravens backs with 718 rushing yards. In an offense where opponents stacked the box, Edwards still found a way to average 5.2 yards per carry. He spoke Thursday on his role going into 2019.

Edwards has the right to say that he knows where he stands in Baltimore. After finishing the season as a starter, the Ravens still went out and added two running backs. Baltimore signed veteran Mark Ingram to a three-year, $15 million contract. Nearly a month after, they drafted Justice Hill in the fourth round.

Sure he will have to compete for more reps, but all signs from OTAs show he’s still valued as a factor on upcoming Sundays in 2019. Competition is nothing new for Edwards.

Last season, the undrafted free agent was part of a loaded backfield along with Alex Collins, Buck Allen, and Kenneth Dixon. With Allen leaving as a free agent and Collins getting waived, opportunities seemed endless for Edwards.

Ingram’s proven track record as a back may assure him the starting job, but that isn’t to say Edwards will not play. Back to back 100-yard rushing games put Edwards in the same company as Ravens legend Jamal Lewis as the last two rookies to accomplish the feat.

Expect the Ravens to use all of their backs in a running back-by-committee system. Ingram is no stranger to this scheme, as he teamed with Saints Pro Bowler Alvin Kamara to wreak havoc across the league. With Greg Roman as the new offensive coordinator, the Ravens with both Edwards and Ingram should thrive in 2019.