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Greg Roman on RB carries: ‘We like to keep people guessing’

How will the Ravens split work between their running backs moving forward?

Mark Ingram II #21 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after J.K. Dobbins #27 scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens running backs have a lot of fantasy appeal, but they are also difficult to predict as far as workload. Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman didn’t clearn anything up, saying, “there’s no exact science there. It’s going to be different every week. We like to keep people guessing so it will happen the way it happens,” per The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec.

In Week 1, the Ravens blew out the Cleveland Browns 38 to 6. In that game J.K. Dobbins saw 39 percent of the snaps, Mark Ingram 36 percent and Gus Edwards 25 percent. Dobbins had seven rushes for 22 yards and two touchdowns. Ingram had 10 rushes for 29 yards and Edwards had four attempts for 17 yards. Dobbins was the goal-line back, seeing the only two running back looks inside the five-yard line.

None of the backs did enough to separate themselves from the pack, but if Dobbins can hold onto the goal-line touches, then he gets a nice boost if the team continues splitting their overall touches. But, Roman is someone who isn’t going to stick with one back as the bell cow and will switch around work as he sees fit.

Both have appeal on a team that likes to the run the ball and does so efficiently. Until we see Dobbins outplay Ingram and gain a big lead in the committee splits, we can’t really go all in on either. For now, they both have upside, but with Dobbins getting goal-line work, he should have the highest ceiling until we know more.