Play of veteran running backs “a pretty cool story” for Ravens

The Ravens had to scrap their original plan for their offensive backfield this summer when J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and Justice Hill went down with injuries.

Plan B involved an attempt to turn back the clock. Veterans Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman, and Le’Veon Bell all joined the team off the street and all played a role in Sunday’s 34-6 rout of the Chargers.

All three of the throwbacks ran for touchdowns and they combined for 115 yards on 25 carries to power the team on a day when their passing attack failed to ignite.

“I’ve very happy, and they’ve brought a lot,” head coach Harbaugh said, via the team’s website. “For these guys to come in, all of them in a place where they felt like they had something to prove, and they were sort of cast away [from other teams], just a little bit. For this opportunity to come up the way it did, God works in mysterious ways, and He brought them here. To see them do what they did today and what they’re going to do for the rest of the season is a pretty cool story. I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out.”

It may not be the way that the Ravens drew things up in August, but all teams have to adapt once they get punched in the mouth and the Ravens have done a good job of it through the first six weeks of the season.

5 responses to “Play of veteran running backs “a pretty cool story” for Ravens

  1. They’re passing attack failed to ignite? Really. How about their passing attack wasn’t needed. Have you not watched the Ravens with Lamar? If we can run it down your throat all day, we will. And we did.

  2. It has probably happened before at some point in the NFL, but losing all 3 RBs the week before the season is pretty crazy. It may have affected the Ravens a bit more because of the RPO stuff they run and the way they try to disguise handoffs. I wouldn’t sing the praises of these running backs yet. We need to see a bigger sample size going forward and there is no way they will be equal to Dobbins and Edwards

  3. 5-1 with the number of high impact players lost for the year – Harbaugh is early favorite for Coach of the Year.

  4. If you told me this was going to be a headline 3 months ago, I never would have believed it. Now that it’s a reality, I still can’t believe it.

  5. Le’veon Bell high stepping into the end zone after his last three years in the league was the most comically unaware thing I’ve seen this year and tells me everything I need to know about him. It’s unfortunate, he was so good and fun to watch play in Pitt.

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