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Did RB Kenneth Dixon earn a bigger role for 2019?

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been quite an NFL journey for Kenneth Dixon. But through the ups and downs, Dixon performed strongly in 2018, so much so that it’s worth asking the question, “Should he be more involved in the offense in 2019?”

As I mentioned, Dixon has been fighting for his roster spot. He suffered a knee injury his rookie season, missing a week of practice. Then, he went down for a second time during his rookie campaign with a knee injury for four weeks. After that, his sophomore season was sidelined with a meniscus tear. Finally, in September of 2018, after a 47-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills, Dixon landed on injured reserve with another knee injury.

Even after all this, he rehabbed and rejoined his teammates on the field in Week 12 against the Atlanta Falcons in a 26-16 victory, the Ravens third straight win following the quarterback change.

Following his return, he followed up with a strong effort against the Kansas City Chiefs. Dixon finished with eight carries for 59 yards and one touchdown. He also caught his lone target for 21 yards.

Jumping ahead a bit, in Week 17, with the playoffs and the AFC North championship on the line, Dixon stepped up to the challenge with 12 carries for 117 yards.

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

From the NFL game book:

K.Dixon right guard to BLT 45 for 15 yards

K.Dixon right guard to CLV 08 for 20 yards

K.Dixon right guard to CLV 28 for 37 yards

K.Dixon right guard to BLT 49 for 13 yards

3-4-CLV 45 K.Dixon right guard to BLT 49 for 4 yards

The complimentary back to Gus Edwards wasn’t complimenting; he was dominating. Averaging 9.75 yards per carry with the season on the line is no easy feat. This was against an AFC North foe fighting for their first winning season in 11 years. Yet, here Dixon was, bulldozing the Browns’ defensive line and linebackers for 117 yards.

It’s safe to say Dixon will become more involved next season. His combination of speed, size, strength and agility is too valuable to be sidelined.