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Ravens rookie RB J.K. Dobbins earning a “significant role”

The rookie has impressed in his first NFL training camp

NFL: Baltimore Ravens-Training Camp Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

J.K. Dobbins doesn’t want to be patient; he doesn’t want to be on the sideline when the Ravens’ offense is on the field.

Back in July, the rookie running back stated his desire to help the team immediately.

“I don’t know how patient I can be,” Dobbins said. “My thing is, I’m just trying to work hard, I’m trying to play, I’m trying to get on the field someway somehow. My goal ain’t to be patient.”

The hard work Dobbins spoke of has paid off as Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said following Tuesday’s practice that the rookie will probably play a ‘significant role.’

“I think he’s gonna definitely have a role and he’s definitely gonna have, probably a significant role,” Harbaugh said.

No doubt Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta knew the team would have a role for Dobbins back when they drafted him in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, seeing as DeCosta is on record expressing his feelings on the pick.

“We were ecstatic to get [Dobbins],” DeCosta said back in April. “He was by far – by far – the highest-rated guy that we had on the board. We kind of felt like he fell out of the sky right to us, the type of team that we are to get a running back like that. These guys can all do different things, they should be fresh for four quarters. I think we protect ourselves in case of injuries or things like that. It fortifies us, it makes us stronger, and it gives us a guy with home run potential.”