Going into Thursday night’s game vs the Bengals, The Ravens will only have two healthy running backs on their active roster. As you all have probably read that Kenneth Dixon will miss significant time with an injury he sustained on Sunday vs the Bills. Seems to sadly be the story of Dixon’s short career. He just can’t stay on the field. But with the running back reportedly going to miss sometime, you have to think Harbaugh has to be ready to call up one of the running backs that are on the practice squad.
One of those running backs on the practice squad is undrafted free agent De’Lance Turner. The Ravens brought on the former Alcorn State running back after he went undrafted in this year’s draft. He made some rumblings and some noise in training camp that would indicate that he was someone to watch in the preseason. And that he was.
His performances that he had in the preseason with the limited opportunities that he was given was certainly impressive. He was a still a long shot to make the 53-man roster with how deep that position is on the depth chart. Which he ultimately didn’t do. But Harbaugh gave the running back a practice squad spot. Going into just week two of the 2018 NFL season, the undrafted rookie might be given the chance to prove he deserved a spot all along.
We all saw the Ravens running game vs the Bills, it was surely nothing to write home about. They dominated the football game, but they never were able to jumpstart the running game between their three running backs. I know its just the preseason, but Turner seems to present a big play ability that the Ravens run game could be missing and they could certainly use going into week two.
Turner isn’t the only back on the practice squad. There is also former Rutgers running back Gus Edwards. A more physical back compared to Turner. Standing at 6’2 230lbs, he also presents a more physical run style than Turner does.
In the upcoming days, don’t be surprised if Harbaugh and the coaching staff calls up one of these backs from the practice squad going into Thursday night’s matchup vs the Bengals. They’ll also have to make some room for which ever player they do decide to call up. So, don’t be surprised if you see a player waived or someone placed on IR to make room on the 53-man roster. It would be shocking if they went into the game with just two running backs, especially with how pedestrian the running game looked on Sunday. They’ll need all the ammo they can get against the Bengals defensive front.