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With all the hype surrounding the arrival of Derrick Henry, it’s easy to forget that the Baltimore Ravens’ best running back from last season is no longer on the team.

Gus Edwards joined the Ravens as an undrafted free agent from Rutgers in 2018 and proved to be a diamond in the rough. In five seasons in Baltimore (he missed the entire year in 2021 with a torn ACL), Edwards rushed for 3,365 yards and 26 touchdowns, eclipsing the 700-yard mark four times. He’s coming off a season in which he rushed for an impressive 810 yards and 13 touchdowns, but the catch is that he averaged just 4.1 yards per carry, nearly a full yard less than the five yards per carry he averaged the year before.

This offseason, Edwards was one of several former Ravens to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers and new coach Jim Harbaugh, the younger brother of longtime Baltimore coach John Harbaugh.

Now on the West Coast, Edwards could play a big role with his new team. Daniel Popper, the Chargers sportswriter for The Athletic, sees Edwards as “the clear lead back,” which could lead to him being in the Week 1 starting lineup for the first time in his career.

In addition, another former Raven is directly below Edwards on the running back list. JK Dobbins, a second-round pick by Baltimore in 2020, is slated to get the Chargers’ second running back job behind Edwards if healthy.

Unfortunately, that “if healthy” part is the big catch here, as Ravens fans know all too well. Dobbins had a strong rookie season with 805 yards and nine touchdowns, but, much like Edwards, missed the entire 2021 season with an ACL injury during the preseason. He then missed a lot of time in 2022 with another knee injury and suffered a torn Achilles tendon in last year’s season opener. The 25-year-old is very talented, but unfortunately he has been plagued with terrible injury luck throughout his career.

As Baltimore moves forward with Henry as its lead back, two former Ravens hope to continue their careers on the other side of the country, presumably with the support of their fans in purple and black.

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