JK Dobbins frustrated by lack of carries in Ravens’ playoff loss

CINCINNATI — An extraordinarily frustrated JK Dobbins stated he believes it might have been a unique end result had the Ravens given him the ball — and never quarterback Tyler Huntley — on a vital fourth-quarter play close to the purpose line in Baltimore’s 24-17 wild-card loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night time.

Huntley made the sport’s most important mistake when he fumbled with the rating tied at 17, shedding the ball on a leap towards the tip zone and having his turnover returned 98 yards for a landing by Bengals defensive finish Sam Hubbard. The Ravens went from being on the verge of taking a landing result in falling behind by seven factors with 11:39 remaining.

“He ought to by no means have been in that scenario,” Dobbins stated of Huntley. “I do not get a single carry. I did not get a single carry. He ought to by no means have been in that scenario. I consider I might have put it in the tip zone, once more.”

The Ravens operating again was upset that he was restricted to 62 yards on 13 carries and didn’t obtain one other crimson zone contact after powering his approach to a 2-yard landing in the second quarter. In that essential fourth-quarter collection, Baltimore ran three performs contained in the Bengals’ 3-yard line, and Dobbins did not get the ball as soon as.

“I’m a man who seems like I ought to be on the sector on a regular basis,” Dobbins stated. “It’s the playoffs. Why am I not on the market?”

This is not the primary time Dobbins has vented about his want to get the ball extra. On Friday, he advised reporters he needed the sport “on my again.” Following Sunday’s defeat, Dobbins talked about that he advised coaches on the sideline that he needed to be extra concerned.

“I ought to be the man. I’m drained of holding that again,” stated Dobbins, who had averaged 6.9 yards per carry in 4 video games since having a knee scoped. “I’m a playmaker. I’m a man that my teammates feed off me when I’m on the sector.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was requested whether or not there was any dialogue of giving the ball to Dobbins or operating again Gus Edwards as an alternative of going with the quarterback sneak.

“We felt like we had an excellent name; it was a push-sneak play. It wasn’t executed simply the precise means,” Harbaugh stated. “Tyler went excessive. That’s a ‘burrow’ play; he has to go low on that. That’s the best way the play is designed. We felt like that was the very best name; we simply did not execute it proper.”

Many Ravens gamers stated they did not take into consideration whether or not they would have received if their quarterback had been Lamar Jackson as an alternative of Huntley, who additionally threw an interception on the opening drive. Jackson missed his sixth straight recreation with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey estimated that Jackson is 50 % to 60 % wholesome.

“I simply do not assume he actually was wholesome sufficient to actually go on the market,” Humphrey stated of Jackson. “There was loads of hypothesis with him not having the contract. I do not even know if I ought to say this, however he is like limping across the facility. That’s type of the loopy factor that folks do not see. Obviously, we knew that he wasn’t going to be on the market with us, however hopefully, we signal him to a big-term deal and he is a Raven with me endlessly.”

Dobbins did not maintain again on how a lot the return of Jackson would have impacted Sunday’s playoff recreation, both.

“If we might have had Lamar, we might have received too,” Dobbins stated.

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