Mike Davis Gives Ravens Options As J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards Ease Back From Injury

The Ravens signed running back Mike Davis on May 10, giving them another veteran option as they ease top running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards back from injury. The Ravens also withdrew the exclusive rights free agent tender on running back Ty’Son Williams, making him a free agent and ending his tenure in Baltimore.

Davis, 29, started eight games for the Atlanta Falcons last year and ran 138 times for 503 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 44 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. Davis, drafted in the fourth round by San Francisco in 2015, played two seasons for the 49ers, then two for the Seattle Seahawks. He has also had stints with the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers before joining his hometown Falcons last year.

Davis was released by the Falcons last week in a move that cleared about $2.5 million in cap space.

In Baltimore, Davis should have an extensive chance to compete for a roster spot, given that Dobbins and Edwards will have limited action as they work back from the ACL injuries both suffered before the 2021 season began.

Head coach John Harbaugh said it’s possible that both Dobbins and Edwards will begin training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Justice Hill, a candidate for the No. 3 running back spot and a top special teams player two years ago, also missed the entire 2021 season with a torn Achilles.

With Davis added and Williams gone, and with Dobbins, Edwards and Hill rehabbing, the Ravens’ running backs on the field for OTAs and June minicamp likely will be Davis; Tyler Badie, a rookie sixth-round draft pick; Nate McCrary, who played in one game last year and otherwise spent the year on the practice squad, and undrafted rookie Ricky Person out of NC State.

Dobbins and Edwards are roster locks if healthy, leaving Hill and the others to compete for one or two spots on the 53-man roster.

Last summer, Williams earned a spot with a strong training camp after spending the previous year on the Ravens practice squad. A rash of injuries decimated the running backs room, and Williams became the surprise Week 1 starter. He set season-highs with 13 carries for 77 yards in a Week 2 win over Kansas City.

Williams, though, fell out of favor with the coaching and tumbled down the depth chart behind free-agent acquisitions Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray. Williams played just four offensive snaps in the final nine games and didn’t carve out a meaningful role on special teams, either.

Williams finished the season with 35 carries for 185 yards and one touchdown, a 35-yard score in the season-opening loss at Las Vegas. He also had nine catches for 84 yards.

The Ravens had extended an exclusive-rights free agent tender to Williams this offseason, essentially a one-year deal that amounted to an invitation to training camp. But it had not been signed by Williams, and the Ravens withdrew the tender, making Williams a free agent.

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