Ravens encouraged by J.K. Dobbins’ progress, would ‘love’ to have Calais Campbell back

J.K. Dobbins' recovery and bringing back Calais Campbell were two main themes from Baltimore Ravens GM Eric DeCosta's Combine interview.

INDIANAPOLIS — J.K. Dobbins’ recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament is encouraging to the Baltimore Ravens, and the anticipated return from the promising young running back could provide a major boost to the offense. The Ravens also discussed the prospects of bringing back Calais Campbell, something they’d “love.”

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J.K. Dobbins progressing well from torn ACL

The Ravens are looking to rejuvenate their running game with Dobbins and Gus Edwards, who’s also returning from a torn ACL.

“J.K. specifically, obviously suffered a serious knee injury, but he’s a young player, a hungry player, he’s got a great mindset, and he’s been working very, very hard,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said at the 2022 NFL Combine. “We are very, very confident he’ll come back and be the type of player that he was two years ago. It was certainly a big blow losing J.K. and then Gus Edwards and then Justice Hill, all three of our guys, three of our mainstay players.

“Losing those guys in the span of two weeks was very, very challenging as an organization. Saying that, we are very confident that those guys will all come back this year and play winning football for us.”

DeCosta has visited with Dobbins, who was his neighbor, and visited him and his family at their home. Those visits included some baked goods.

“We lived probably a quarter of a mile apart from each other, so he would come over,” DeCosta said. “We’d give him cookies. My wife is kind of like a mother to the players, and so she would bring care packages. So, I would see J.K. a lot. I would also see him at the facility doing his rehab. He’s bouncing back and forth between LA and Baltimore. And again, very confident that he’s going to come back and really flourish this year.”

Ravens would ‘love’ to have Calais Campbell back

Ravens veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell would like to continue his time with the AFC North franchise. He has recorded 77 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 1 fumble recovery in 27 games for the Ravens.

And, ideally, the Ravens would like to have Campbell back.

“We have exchanged text messages,” DeCosta said. “I don’t want to speak for Calais, but I asked Calais, I basically said, ‘Listen, if you want to play, I’d like you to let me know at some point because we thought you had a good year, you are a good player.’ I have a lot of admiration for Calais as a person and as a player and as a leader.

“I’m hopeful that we can bring him back. We’d love to bring him back. He’s a guy that plays winning football, and he does as much for the team and the organization in the building as he does on the field. I have a lot of respect for him.”

Aaron Wilson is the NFL Insider for Pro Football Network. Follow him on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL.


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