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RB Gus Edwards - Baltimore Ravens

6-1, 235Born: 4-13-1995College: RutgersDrafted: ---

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Week 15: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Ravens deserve a lot of credit for rebuilding their run game so effectively on the fly. After watching Alex Collins plod along for two months to no impact, they handed the reins over to powerful rookie runner Gus Edwards and quarterback Lamar Jackson. And the pair has responded fantastically: Edwards is averaging 96 yards per start, powering through clogged lanes and arm tackles. He's slowed down a bit over the last two weeks, He rotates work with Kenneth Dixon, who looks rejuvenated as he works back from injured reserve. He's putting up 4.8 yards a carry and has scored twice over his 3 games back. Most of this unit's improvement has come through the changes in scheme and personnel, but some credit goes to the front line, which has taken a big step forward after a slow start to the year. The Tampa Bay run defense continues to struggle mightily. It's grown steadily worse over the last 2 months; after allowing just 3.5 yards per carry to running backs over the first 5 weeks, they've bloated to 5.6 over the last eight. Personnel is a big reason for the struggles: this is a front seven built to penetrate and rush the passer, not to anchor up the middle, and it shows in the wide gaps this group tends to leave. Quick backs like Joe Mixon (123 yards and 2 touchdowns), Saquon Barkley (142 and 2), and Christian McCaffrey (106 on just 10 attempts) have had little difficulty finding room on the second level. Even with the full tackle rotation healthy and top linebacker Lavonte David back on the field, this is an exploitable unit across the board. There just isn't enough physicality or playmaking up front to slow anyone at the moment.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 vs CIN 49 17 115 1 0 0 0 0 0 17.5
12 vs OAK 43 23 118 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.8
13 at ATL 41 21 82 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.2
14 at KC 31 16 67 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.7
15 vs TB PROJ-Dodds * 15 * * 0 * * * *
15 vs TB PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 0 * * * *
15 vs TB PROJ-Bloom * 16 * * 0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Gus Edwards's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 14 vs KC (16 / 67 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gus Edwards led the Ravens backfield in touches but Edwards was out played by Kenneth Dixon. Expect Edwards to continue to shoulder the majority of the early down work but Dixon could become the more valuable fantasy asset. Edwards played well and ran hard. Edwards consistently gained positive yardage and won collisions at the second level. Edwards followed a nice block from a pulling James Hurst and burst up the middle for 10.

2018 Week 13 vs ATL (21 / 82 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gus Edwards now finds himself as part of a 3 headed committee with the return of Kenneth Dixon and the emergence of Ty Montgomery. Edwards is rarely targeted a a receiver but expect him to continue to dominate the early down work. Edwards is not flashy but he is very physical, reliable, and consistent. Edwards is almost never dropped for a loss and gets stronger as the game progresses. Against the Falcons Edwards consistently picked up gains of 4 and 5 yards on early downs to keep the offense on track. Edwards was also excellent in short yardage situations showing good vision to find a hole with a cutback. On the Ravens first offensive play Edwards found 9 yards up the middle running behind Marshal Yanda who pancaked his man.

2018 Week 12 vs OAK (23 / 118 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gus Edwards handled a full workload with Alex Collins sidelined with a foot injury. Edwards was very decisive and consistent on his carries. Edwards was rarely met at or behind the line of scrimmage and consistently gained 4 yards on his first down carries to keep the offense on track. Edwards followed a nice block at the second level from Matt Skura and slipped through two tackles on his way to a 19 yard gain. Edwards had 7 carries for 33 yards on the Ravens' opening possession of the second half. The Ravens noticed their game plan wasn't working and shifted their focus to Edwards and the run game. The Ravens gave Edwards a rest late in the game and allowed Ty Montgomery to close out the game in the 4 minute offense.

2018 Week 11 vs CIN (17 / 115 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gus Edwards was the Ravens most effective and decisive runner against the Bengals and took over as the Ravens' lead back. Edwards split carries with Alex Collins early in the game but his strong play earned him additional snaps and touches. Edwards became the Ravens featured back in the second half. It is not entirely clear if the Ravens preferred using Edwards because of their gameplan, because of his chemistry with Lamar Jackson, or because of Collins' recent inefficiency. Edwards looked the part of a lead back and showed the ability to run through contact and to get up field in a hurry. Edwards made a man miss with a nice side step move and followed a block from Patrick Ricard for 12 yards. Edwards took a zone read handoff from Jackson and followed a beautiful block by Alex Lewis into the second level for 15 yards. Edwards followed a block from Marshal Yanda and showed impressive balance on a gain of 17. Edwards ran through an arm tackle and followed nice blocks at the second level on his way to an 11 yard touchdown. Edwards burst through a huge hole on 3rd and short for a gain of 15.

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Schedule

15vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16@ Los Angeles Chargers
17vs Cleveland Browns