John Harbaugh Sends Message to Ravens’ Struggling RB

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John Harbaugh Sends Message to Ravens’ Struggling RB

Ty’Son Williams was expected to build on his breakout preseason as the Baltimore Ravens’ featured back after season-ending injuries to JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and Justice Hill.

Williams gained 142 yards on 22 rushing attempts and 45 receiving yards on five receptions in the Ravens’ first two games, so the regular season hasn’t gone as planned for him.

Williams appeared poised to seize a leading role in Baltimore’s backfield after a 34-yard touchdown in Week 1 and averaging just under 6.5 yards per carry over two games.

The Ravens’ first touchdown is scored by Ty’Son Williams, who bursts through the line.

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However, after Week 2, he only saw 11 carries in the Ravens’ next five games, including two healthy deactivations in favor of veteran Le’Veon Bell.

He saw even less action after the bye, with zero carries against both the Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins.

His playing time has steadily decreased as well.

Despite an injured Latavius Murray being ruled out, Williams hasn’t played more than 30 offensive snaps since Week 2 and saw zero offensive snaps against the Dolphins on Thursday night.

Williams’ Playtime: Harbaugh’s Thoughts

During yesterday’s press conference, head coach John Harbaugh seemed to be sending a message to his young running back, telling reporters how Williams could earn a bigger role.

“Every player has to contribute, perform, and produce,” Harbaugh said, before listing a number of skills that he expects from his running backs.

He explained, “If you’re a running back, you need to run hard, break tackles, get yards, pass protect, run the right route out of the backfield, catch the ball, and get upfield,” but didn’t specify which skills Williams needed to improve.

“If you’re in the rotation, special teams would definitely help you,” Harbaugh added, who spent nine years as a special teams coach with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Williams did play six special teams snaps on Thursday night, but they were his first, indicating that he’ll have to earn a spot on any special teams unit.

However, based on Harbaugh’s comments, the 25-year-old should try to make the punt or kickoff teams.

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