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Former Falcons & Panthers RB Mike Davis signs for the Baltimore Ravens

With a veritable injury crisis last season, it’s clear the Ravens are looking for cover in one of the positions that was hit hardest.

Paul Rudder
Update:
Former Falcons and Panthers' running back Mike Davis has signed for the Baltimore Ravens.

With their interest in Jarvis Landry now made public, the Raven’s acquisition of the veteran running back is most definitely a sign of intent for the coming season.

Ravens sign veteran running back Mike Davis

The 2021 season was borderline tragic for the Ravens. With a serious injury sidelining quarterback Lamar Jackson, it was almost a case of overkill when the team’s running back position was decimated by injuries to J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill with the end result being that all missed significant periods of time. At that point the franchise had no choice but to turn to the likes of Devonta Freeman, Latavius Murray and Le’Veon Bell. With the 2022 season now fast approaching, the Ravens understand all to well that they can’t take any risks. Dobbins, Edwards and Hill all back, fit and ready to go and of course so to is reserve Ty’Son Williams along with sixth-round pick Tyler Badie, but in a move that is obviously meant to secure the base, the Ravens have now acquired former Falcons and Panthers starter Mike Davis to a one-year deal as per reports on Tuesday.

Where can Mike Davis fit in for the Ravens?

While it’s almost certain that Dobbins will be the the starter, with Evans who recently signed a two-year, $10 million extension as the No. 2, both players are returning from severe injuries to the lower body. With that in mind it’s quite likely that Davis will see a significant amount of minutes right off the bat. It’s true that Davis found it difficult to maintain a starting spot in the Falcons offense last season, but he went on to put in a more than credible shift across the last two seasons with the Panthers. Expect David to see an considerable amount of minutes in Baltimore as they most definitely need help in the back field.

Who is the Ravens’ new signing Mike Davis?

A fourth-round pick for the San Francisco 49ers back in 2015, Davis has actually lined up for five different teams in the league during his career. Though he took a moment to find his footing, it was with the Seattle Seahawks in 2017-2018, when he first came to the attention of fans, coaches and teams as he posted more than 700 scrimmage yards in Seattle. That, however, was just a prelude to the performances he would put in when he joined Carolina, where he totaled 1,015 yards to go with eight touchdowns, when he replaced the injured Christian McCaffrey in 2020.

The move is most definitely a positive one for the Ravens who are likely looking to consolidate an already run focused offense in a year when quarterback Lamar Jackson’s contract comes to an end. Having traded the No. 1 wide receiver Marquise Brown to the Cardinals during this off season, the acquisition of Davis definitely can’t hurt.

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