A quick discussion on the top three Rookie RB's whose stock is on the rise after the first week of the 2020 NFL season. I didn't get to watch every game from week yet, but I did get to see each of the following rookies and while their numbers may not be impressive, they are all three jockeying for position to take over their team's respective backfields.
Joshua Kelley LA Chargers
The Chargers 4th round draft pick who ran a 4.49 forty at the 2020 NFL combine stepped in yesterday and accomplished more with his opportunities (with the exception of maybe Clyde Edwards Helaire and Zack Moss as it pertains to 2020 rookie RB's). He carried the football 12 times for 60 Yds (5.0 per att) and a TD. Kelley has been a darkhorse candidate to supplant Justin Jackson and assume a similar role to the departed Melvin Gordon. Kelley earned himself the opportunity to build on his debut performance and will be a guy to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
Jonathon Taylor Indianapolis Colts
The Colts lost starting RB Marlon Mack to an Achilles injury yesterday that will sideline him for the season. The next man up is rookie RB Jonathon Taylor. Taylors snap share fell below Nyheim Hines 39 to 26, but there is no doubt that Taylor will get the opportunity to carry the load moving forward with Hines coming into the fold on passing downs. Taylor carried the football 9 times for 22 yds and boasted an unimpressive 2.4 yds per carry. Taylor possesses elite RB speed with a 230 lb frame and will undoubtedly see a larger carry share in the coming weeks.
J.K. Dobbins Baltimore Ravens
Dobbins was impressive yesterday scoring two times. His carry share will likely go up as the weeks go on if Mark Ingram does not step up after looking pedestrian against the Browns. Ingram had 10 carries for 29 yds to lead all Ravens RB's but he did not appear to run as violently through tackles as a season ago. Dobbins carried the ball 7 times for 22 yds and two TD's. The difference between the two players was Dobbins's ability to bounce a run to the outside. Dobbins Will have a shot to take the starting job if he can continue to show what he flashed yesterday on a consistent basis. Keep in mind, Gus Edwards is also in the rotation and ran well when given the opportunity averaging 4.0 yds per carry on his four rush attempts.
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