J.K. Dobbins

J.K. Dobbins

25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Los Angeles Chargers
Questionable
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 8/1/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Arguably no player has been handed worse injury luck than Dobbins the last three years. His 2021 ended in the preseason with a gruesome multi-ligament knee injury, one that lingered into the 2022 season and required an in-season arthroscopic surgery. Dobbins then came back strong late in 2022 and won his starting job back, only to suffer a torn Achilles' tendon Week 1 of 2023, just in time for him to enter free agency. The Chargers gave Dobbins a one-year contract, reuniting him with former Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman (now in the same role under Jim Harbaugh). Roman will also have Gus Edwards in his backfield again, with the 29-year-old coming off a career-high 13 TDs in Baltimore last season. Dobbins was the more explosive runner for the Ravens when both were healthy, but the track record of running backs coming back from Achilles' tears remains daunting, particularly in the first year after the injury. If Dobbins has lost a step or two, it could open the door for not only Edwards but also rookie sixth-round pick Kimani Vidal. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a one-year, $1.61 million contract with the Chargers in April of 2024.
Feels fully healthy
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Achilles
April 30, 2024
Dobbins (Achilles) said he feels 100 percent healthy heading into the offseason program, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
"I've had these injuries, and it's been a storm," Dobbins said. "But I think the storm is over with, and I think I'm going to take off now. There's going to be no setbacks, and the 'injury prone' thing will be gone out of the window." Since being drafted in the second round by the Ravens in 2020, Dobbins has missed a whopping 43 games to various significant injuries, including a torn ACL, torn LCL, severe hamstring strain and a torn Achilles tendon. To say the injury-prone label is behind him might be wishful thinking, as his body has yet to cooperate with him to this point. The 25-year-old Dobbins joined Gus Edwards in following offensive coordinator Greg Roman from Baltimore to the Chargers, so he will at least be in a familiar scheme.
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How do J.K. Dobbins' 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 %
0.0%
 
Positive Run %
87.5%
 
% Yds After Contact
77.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.1
 
Rushing TD %
12.5%
 
Touches Per Game
10.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
35.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
2.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.07
 
% Team Air Yards
0.1%
 
% Team Targets
0.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.7%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.5
 
% Targeted On Route
21.4%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.07
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do J.K. Dobbins' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics 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.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
Broad Jump
0 in
 
Bench Press
23 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
29.75 in
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
To be brought along slowly?
RBLos Angeles Chargers
May 18, 2024
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com expects Dobbins to be brought along slowly in his return from a torn Achilles.
ANALYSIS
Rosenthal believes Gus Edwards will begin the season atop the Chargers' running back depth chart while the team takes a cautious approach with Dobbins. Though Dobbins said in April that he's fully recovered from the torn Achilles he suffered in the first week of the 2023 season, that was his second season-ending injury in three years, as he also tore his ACL in 2021. Once fully up to speed, Dobbins has a chance to take over as the lead back in a familiar scheme run by former Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2022
2021
2020
Dobbins' season-ending knee injury from 2021 proved more complicated than your standard ACL tear, which is to be expected given that he also tore his LCL, meniscus and hamstring. It was a truly brutal injury, making it even more impressive that he was as effective as he was when he played in 2022. Dobbins looked mostly like his pre-injury self, averaging 5.7 yards per carry and peeling off four runs of 20-plus yards in just 92 attempts. Now with another offseason to recover, Dobbins will hopefully be at true full force for a contract year. A fully healthy, fully enabled Dobbins could post explosive rushing numbers, and new offensive coordinator Todd Monken is likely an upgrade over predecessor Greg Roman. As a coordinator who mostly traffics in good ideas, expect Monken to recognize Dobbins as one of his best players. It's possible a Lamar Jackson absence would mark a setback of some kind for Dobbins, namely to his per-carry efficiency, but he's the type of talent who will produce no matter what if he's on the field. Gus Edwards remains on the team as a competent between-the-tackles specialist, but he accepted a paycut to stay around and was a better fit for Roman's run-heavy offense. Dobbins is unchallenged as the lead back and should have more pass-catching opportunities in the new scheme.
An ACL tear before Week 1 ruined what might have been a breakout campaign for Dobbins, the first in a series of injuries to the Ravens backfield in 2021. A second-round pick in 2020 out of Ohio State, Dobbins was eased into a prominent role as a rookie, but by the end of his first year in the NFL he looked like a stud in the Baltimore system, finding the end zone in seven straight games and finishing with 6.0 yards per carry. He showed above-average speed and power, and his 2.9 yards after contact per carry (third in the league) demonstrated how difficult he was to bring down in open space. Everything in the Ravens' scheme keys off Lamar Jackson, of course, but Dobbins has the tools to make defenses pay dearly if they over-commit to the QB rushing threat. And while the Ravens have used committee backfields throughout Jackson's time as the starting quarterback, Dobbins (2020) and Mark Ingram (2019, 15 TDs) showed that there's touchdown upside for the top guy. Dobbins still figures to be that, albeit a year late, ahead of Gus Edwards (also returning from an ACL tear), discount free-agent-signing Mike Davis and sixth-round rookie Tyler Badie. It's still Jackson's show, but perhaps with more emphasis on the run game now that Dobbins is returning and WR Marquise Brown is a Cardinal.
Through the first six weeks of his rookie season last year, Dobbins was mostly buried on the depth chart, watching from the sideline as Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards handled most of the carries. The second-round pick did find the end zone twice in his NFL debut, but he didn't see double-digit carries in a game during that initial stretch. Following Baltimore's bye, Dobbins began to push Ingram out of the picture - starting with a Week 8 eruption for 113 yards against the Steelers - and by the end of the year those touchdowns were a weekly occurrence. Dobbins is an athletic runner with power and speed, and he was among the toughest players in the NFL for the initial tackler to bring down, finishing fourth among all RBs with an average of 2.9 yards after contact, a number comparable to the likes of Derrick Henry, Aaron Jones and Nick Chubb. Unfortunately, a preseason torn ACL has derailed Dobbins' second season as a pro, which paves the way for Edwards to head the Ravens' backfield. The silver lining for Dobbins is the early timing of his injury, as he'll have a full year to recover before Week 1 of 2022.
A three-year starter at Ohio State, Dobbins is a chiseled 5-9, 209, with enough strength to punish tacklers and more than enough speed to run past them. While a nagging ankle injury kept him from fully participating at the combine, his workouts as an 18-year-old coming out of high school were eye-popping (he ran a 4.45 40, and his 43.1-inch vertical would have been second highest by a college RB since 2006). He also flashed plenty of breakaway speed at Ohio State, leading the nation last season with 31 runs of 15-plus yards. Dobbins even showed some ability as a receiver and pass protector, cementing his status as a potential three-down option in the NFL. This season, he'll likely be part of a backfield committee for Baltimore, which drafted him 55th overall. The Ravens led the league with 596 rush attempts last season and set a NFL record with 3,296 rushing yards, but it was quarterback Lamar Jackson who led the way with 37 percent of the yardage and a third of the touchdowns, leaving Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill with a combined 393 carries for 1,954 yards and 14 TDs. That's still big-time production, no doubt, but it'll be tough for Dobbins to take more than half of the pie as a rookie, considering Ingram, Edwards and Hill remain on the roster.
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Should be ready for training camp
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Achilles
April 19, 2024
Dobbins (Achilles), who agreed to terms with the Chargers on Thursday, "should be" ready for training camp according to GM Joe Hortiz, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
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Slated to join Chargers
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Achilles
April 17, 2024
Dobbins (Achilles) agreed Wednesday with the Chargers on a one-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Meeting with Kansas City
RBFree Agent
Achilles
April 2, 2024
Dobbins (Achilles) is visiting Kansas City on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Lines up AFC West visit
RBFree Agent
Achilles
March 28, 2024
Dobbins (Achilles) is visiting the Chargers on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Cleared for football activities
RBFree Agent
Achilles
March 26, 2024
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache wrote in a letter to NFL teams Tuesday that Dobbins (Achilles) has received clearance to take part in football activities, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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