Gus Edwards

Gus Edwards

29-Year-Old Running BackRB
Los Angeles Chargers
Questionable
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 8/10/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Edwards has his limitations, both in terms of skill set and durability, but there's a reason the Harbaughs love him anyway. Even without catching passes, Edwards has obvious value thanks to his powerful running and snap-to-snap consistency. He averaged at least 5.0 yards per carry in each of his first four seasons with the Ravens, and his drop to 4.1 YPC last year was partially a result of getting so much goal-line work (which led to 13 TDs, half of his career total). The 29-year-old will face physical decline soon enough, but he's set up nicely for the upcoming season as he reunites with former Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who now holds the same job under Jim Harbaugh in Los Angeles. The Chargers signed Edwards to a two-year, $9 million contract with $3.75 million guaranteed, later adding Baltimore backfield mate J.K. Dobbins (Achilles) on a smaller one-year deal and then Kimani Vidal in the sixth round of the 2024 NFL Draft. All signs point to Edwards being the Week 1 starter and goal-line back for what figures to be the most run-oriented Chargers offense in a long time. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Chargers in 2024.
Injured, should be ready for camp
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Undisclosed
June 13, 2024
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Thursday that Edwards (undisclosed) worked to the side with trainers during mandatory minicamp and that there's a "high possibility" he will be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp, Kris Rhim of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Edwards' injury details remain undisclosed, and while it doesn't currently appear that the Chargers are seriously worried about his status, fantasy managers would certainly prefer for the 29-year-old not to be nicked up at this stage of the offseason. Harbaugh also revealed that Edwards wasn't present for voluntary OTAs. Following the departure of Austin Ekeler, Edwards appears to have a clear path to the No. 1 backfield gig to begin the 2024 season, health permitting. J.K. Dobbins, rookie sixth-rounder Kimani Vidal, and 2022 fourth-rounder Isaiah Spiller are all also options to compete for work. If Edwards ends up missing significant time this offseason, leaving first-team reps up for grabs, that could pave the way to a true backfield committee forming.
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How do Gus Edwards' 2023 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
11.1%
 
Positive Run %
88.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
61.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.5
 
Rushing TD %
6.6%
 
Touches Per Game
12.4
 
% Snaps w/Touch
46.0%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.05
 
% Team Air Yards
0.6%
 
% Team Targets
2.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
92.3%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
12.6
 
% Targeted On Route
7.7%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.07
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Edwards has been Mr. Automatic for Baltimore when healthy, both off the bench and in several spot starts when J.K. Dobbins was unavailable. Edwards was limited to nine games last year after missing the previous season with an ACL tear, but the reliable power runner still averaged 5.0 yards per carry, a mark he's hit every season. The arrival of new offensive coordinator Todd Monken could complicate his role, though. Prior coordinator Greg Roman's scheme featured a lot of runs from heavy packages with FB Patrick Ricard, which suited Edwards fine because he's much more adept as a runner than receiver. With Monken expected to open the passing game, though, Edwards will need to demonstrate value as a blocker and pass catcher. Dobbins' superiority there would be a problem for Edwards' snap count if the Ravens run less, as expected. In the last year of his contract, following a paycut, Edwards also faces mounting durability concerns after dealing with hamstring troubles following his Week 7 return last year from the 2021 ACL tear.
Edwards missed all last season after tearing his ACL in early September, an injury suffered just two weeks after J.K. Dobbins had an ACL tear of his own. The Ravens made it through last season with a patchwork backfield, and while they seemingly expect both guys to contribute this year, Edwards will miss at least the first four games on the reserve/PUP list. Before last year's injury, the 2018 UDFA had three consecutive seasons with more than 700 rushing yards and at least 5.0 YPC. The 238-pound Edwards is a perfect fit for Baltimore's scheme, attacking the line of scrimmage with power and giving defenders no time to adjust while they try to figure out if QB Lamar Jackson still has the ball. Edwards doesn't add much value as a receiver, limiting his fantasy ceiling, but he could eventually see a sizable workload on the ground if Dobbins misses any time and free-agent addition Mike Davis fails to gain traction.
As part of the Ravens' relentless running game, Edwards has averaged 5.0 to 5.3 yards per carry every season while compiling 711 to 723 rushing yards. However, his overall production ticked up in 2020 thanks to career highs in rushing touchdowns and receiving yards (albeit on only nine catches). There's no subterfuge to Edwards' running style. He takes the ball, bursts through the first hole he sees and then keeps his legs churning through contact until he's finally dragged down. The 26-year-old was once again among the league leaders in percentage of his carries taken between the tackles (87.1 percent) in 2020, with only Latavius Murray, Wayne Gallman, Ronald Jones and Joshua Kelley bouncing plays outside at a lower rate. The Rutgers product was expected to remain a productive chain mover and even looked on track to get his shot under the spotlight after teammate J.K. Dobbins suffered an ACL tear during the preseason, but Edwards' own availability is suddenly in question. Edwards sustained what appeared to be a serious non-contact knee injury in a Sept. 9 practice, putting him at risk not only to miss Week 1, but perhaps the entire season.
Edwards is perhaps the preeminent example of a back being the right fit for an offense. On another team, his lack of wiggle and bulldozer running style - not to mention his lack of receiving skills - might restrict him to a short-yardage role or even practice squad status. In Baltimore, Edwards offers an ideal complement to the threat posed by Lamar Jackson in the open field, and he's averaged more than five yards per carry as the guy who punches the defense in the face when it's expecting a dance. Edwards' success is also based on him knowing his limitations, and no back in the league bounced a lower percentage of their runs outside the tackles last season. That success won't save his spot on the depth chart, though. Mark Ingram remains the starter, and the surprise addition of J.K. Dobbins in the second round of this year's draft gives the Ravens a younger, more talented option for that smash-mouth role. Edwards should still thrive in offensive coordinator Greg Roman's scheme when he gets the ball, but it will be tough to reach triple-digit carries again.
Undrafted out of Rutgers last year, Edwards started his rookie campaign on the practice squad before eventually making his NFL debut Week 6. It wasn't until after the Ravens' bye week and Alex Collins' season-ending foot injury that Edwards moved into a significant role, exploding for 233 rushing yards and a touchdowns in his first two starts to seize the lead job for good down the stretch. His rise coincided with Lamar Jackson's, and Edwards' no-nonsense, bruising running style proved to be an important component in the team's improvisational, option-driven, run-heavy offense. But he doesn't offer much in the way of speed or elusiveness, and he showed almost nothing as a receiver, limiting him to early downs. Edwards' role is set to diminish with Mark Ingram arriving from the Saints and speedy fourth-round pick Justice Hill joining a backfield that also includes holdover Kenneth Dixon. Even so, Edwards should still get his chance to carve out some carries.
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Projected lead back
RBLos Angeles Chargers
April 29, 2024
Following the recent NFL Draft, Edwards profiles as the Chargers' lead back as the 2024 season approaches, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
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Headed west to L.A.
RBLos Angeles Chargers
March 11, 2024
Edwards agreed to a two-year deal with the Chargers on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Discussing deal with Ravens
RBBaltimore Ravens
February 29, 2024
GM Eric DeCosta said Tuesday that the Ravens and Edwards are already discussing a new contract, Clifton Brown and Ryan Mink of the team's official website report.
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Limited to four touches in loss
RBBaltimore Ravens
January 28, 2024
Edwards rushed three times for 20 yards and secured his only target for 16 yards in the Ravens' 17-10 AFC Championship Game loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
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Role slips in postseason
RBBaltimore Ravens
January 20, 2024
Edwards rushed the ball 10 times for 40 yards in Saturday's 34-10 win over the Texans. He added one reception on two targets for minus-1 yard.
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Likely to open season as starter
RBLos Angeles Chargers
May 18, 2024
Edwards will likely begin the 2024 season as the Chargers' starting running back, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com .
ANALYSIS
Rosenthal mentions that the Chargers referred to Edwards as a "bell cow" when they signed him in free agency, and Edwards likely won't require much of an acclimation period with his new team since the Chargers also brought in offensive coordinator Greg Roman, under whom Edwards played with the Ravens. Fellow former Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins will likely be brought along slowly in his recovery from a torn Achilles, while rookie sixth-round draft pick Kimani Vidal is unlikely to challenge Edwards for the starting role right away.
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