NFL Insider Reveals Ravens Could Pursue Jonathan Taylor Trade

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The Baltimore Ravens are snake-bitten when it comes to injuries. They just cannot catch a break, especially when it comes to their running backs staying healthy. For the third time in his short-lived career, it was J.K. Dobbins suffering an injury.

Dobbins’ 2023 season is over, as he suffered an Achilles injury in Week 1 against the Houston Texans. Since being selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Dobbins’ career has been marred by injury.

This is the second full season that he will miss, as he was forced to sit out the 2021 campaign after an ACL injury. His knee just didn’t feel right in 2022 either, so he underwent another operation and played in only eight games.

Without Dobbins in the lineup, the Ravens will be turning to Gus Edwards, Justice Hill and Melvin Gordon to replace him. However, could the team be looking to make a major upgrade with an outside acquisition?

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Ravens are a team to watch in the Jonathan Taylor sweepstakes. The insider believes that Baltimore could look to make a move for the Indianapolis Colts star now that Dobbins is going to be sidelined again.

The Ravens don’t have to rush to make a move as Taylor is on the PUP List and will miss at least the next three games. Baltimore is certainly going to give that trio a shot to prove themselves. 

If things don’t go well and the Ravens decide that they do not want to do the committee approach again, making an offer for Taylor makes a lot of sense. Putting him in a backfield with Lamar Jackson would give opponents nightmares, giving Baltimore arguably the most dangerous quarterback/running back duo in the NFL.

The Ravens offense didn’t look great against the Texans in Week 1, as the offensive line struggled at times to keep Jackson protected. Adding a player as talented as Taylor to the mix would certainly help take pressure off of Jackson as it would be another elite playmaker that the defense has to account for.