RB Gus Edwards - Baltimore Ravens
|6-1, 235||Born: 4-13-1995||College: Rutgers||Drafted: ---|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Edwards didn't do much against the Bengals because the running game didn't need to. He's still a high value handcuff with the Ravens offense clicking heading into a matchup with Houston.
Week 11: vs Houston Texans
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Ravens rushing offense, led by Lamar Jackson and his 702 rushing yards, continues to put up ridiculous numbers on a weekly basis as they lead the league with 197.2 rushing yards per game--an average of over 35 more rushing yards per game than the next best rushing offense. Jackson put up over 60 rushing yards for the sixth straight game last week despite playing just three-quarters of the game due to the blowout win. He has rushed for at least one touchdown in four straight weeks and is capable of making dazzling plays with the ball in his hands--as displayed by his flashy 47-yard touchdown run last week. Mark Ingram has been no slouch either as he is averaging 5.0 yards per carry with eight rushing touchdowns on the season. His season-low nine carries last week was a bit of an anomaly, as Ingram has seen between 12-19 carries in every game this season while working as the primary goal-line back when Jackson isn't taking it in himself. Gus Edwards has worked in on short-yardage situations from time to time, but has rarely seen more than half the snaps of Ingram and remains a non-factor in this rushing offense. The Ravens offensive line stayed healthy through last week's game despite both Ronnie Stanley and Marshal Yanda missing some practice. Both expect to play again as they compose a top-tier run-blocking unit. Coming out of the Week 10 bye, the Texans run defense looks to continue their hot streak from recent weeks. Since Week 5, the Texans have allowed zero rushing touchdowns to running backs while just one player has exceeded 44 rushing yards against them over that span. Even with the recent loss of J.J. Watt, this defensive line continues to play well against the run with big-bodied nose tackle D.J. Reader absolutely dominating at the line of scrimmage. Linebackers Benardrick McKinney and Zach Cunningham are both also playing very well against the run. These two have been key contributors to this defense allowing just the third-fewest rushing yards per game (84.1), only three rushing touchdowns on the season, and a long run of just 30 yards. Lamar Jackson will be an entirely new challenge for the Texans as they have yet to face a true rushing quarterback. The Texans did give up 34 and 56 rushing yards to Gardner Minshew in two games against him, but beyond that, these linebackers have done a good job limiting quarterbacks to fewer than eight rushing yards in all other games. This should be an exciting matchup in the trenches as the Texans will pose one of the stiffest challenges yet for this elite Ravens ground game.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Gus Edwards's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 9 vs NE (7 / 27 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gus Edwards was effective as an inside runner and showed burst in the open field. Edwards pressed the hole inside before bouncing outside to beat two defenders on his way to a 13 yard touchdown. Edwards played second fiddle to Mark Ingram even after Ingram's fumble. Edwards ran hard and played well but may need an injury to see a larger role.
2019 Week 7 vs SEA (8 / 35 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gus Edwards looked like the Ravens best running back against the Seahawks. Edwards got a nice block from Matt Skura at the second level allowing Edwards to get downhill and pick up 14 yards with a physical run. Edwards had a 9 yard carry negated by a holding penalty. Edwards got a nice block from Nick Boyle on the edge and gained 9 yards off left tackle. Edwards saw fewer carries than Ingram but the Ravens offense was most effective with Edwards in the game.
2019 Week 6 vs CIN (6 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gus Edwards showed off his speed out racing two defenders to the edge and escaping down the sideline for 25 yards. Edwards is a handful to bring down when he gets a full head of steam. Edwards otherwise struggled to find room to run against the Bengals.
2019 Week 4 vs CLE (6 / 28 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Gus Edwards continues to look excellent on limited touches. With the Ravens passing game struggling in recent weeks the Ravens may rely even more heavily on their ground game. Edwards has been very efficient and if Ingram has another costly fumble it could lead to more touches for Edwards. If Ingram were to lose touches they would go to Edwards who has been playing very well in the same role as Ingram. Justice Hill would likely remain in his current role as a change of pace back.
2019 Week 3 vs KC (7 / 53 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Gus Edwards played his best game of the season against the Chiefs. Edwards had a 45 yard run negated by a questionable holding penalty. Edwards had back to back carries of 15 and 13 yards in the second half. Edwards looked big and powerful with surprising speed and agility for a man his size. Edwards rarely went down on first contact and always fell forward when he was brought down. Edwards also saw some involvement in the passing game which was encouraging.
2019 Week 1 vs MIA (17 / 56 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Gus Edwards was frequently met at or near the line of scrimmage on a number of his carries. The Dolphins defense seemed to be keying on the fact that the Ravens are likely to call a running play when Edwards was in the game. Edwards gained 11 yards on his first carry following a block from Nick Boyle to the second level. Edwards got a carry from the two yard line but he was met at the line of scrimmage by Reshad Jones.
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