This past Sunday’s Steelers vs. Ravens matchup gave us a heartbreaking loss in a very closely contested 28-24 win for Pittsburgh. It was a hard fought game and even though the Ravens couldn’t come out on top, there was still some positivity to be gleaned in the form of the performances from the rookies on the team.
In the absence of Mark Ingram, Baltimore had to lean more heavily on their two young running backs in J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, but it didn’t seem to slow them down much.
With the extra opportunities he saw, Dobbins thrived, putting up 113 rushing yards on 15 attempts, an average of about 7.5 yards per carry. Dobbins had by far the best game of his career so far, and one could certainly make a prediction that he’ll be seeing a higher snap count in the coming weeks.
Queen didn’t have as great of a performance as we’ve become accustom to so far in his career and was mostly a no-show for the game, but as a rookie playing in his first Ravens vs Steelers game, you can’t be too surprised. Still, throughout all of it he was still able to get four tackles, three of which were solo.
At this point, Queen has shown an exceptional ability for rushing the passer, but his run defense and especially his coverage leaves a lot to be desired.
Duvernay didn’t see very much action against Pittsburgh. Despite being on the field for 45% of offensive snaps, he was only targeted three times, catching one ball. The big factor here, however, is that the one ball he caught was for 39 yards on a major 3rd-&-14 late in the game. Duvernay is a player who has thrived when everyone is paying attention to everybody else.
The number of impact plays may be incredibly small but he is slowly introducing himself as a Jacoby Jones-type player, someone who has one or two big plays a game but does very little outside of that.