Baltimore Ravens rumors: Marshawn Lynch an option down the stretch

Oct 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) looks on during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens rumors: Baltimore broke out of its month-long funk this past Tuesday evening, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 34-16 as Lamar Jackson returned under center after missing last week’s game with COVID-19. Baltimore now sits at 7-5 on the season and will need help in order to even sneak into the NFL Playoffs.

The backdrop here being a questionable running back situation with rookie J.K. Dobbins just returning from COVID-19 and Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram finding himself out of the mix. This begs a major question. Could a certain free-agent running back be of interest to the Ravens?

Baltimore Ravens rumors: Is Marshawn Lynch an option down the stretch?

Five-time Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch told Conan O’Brien recently that he’s open to a comeback. Having not played since last season, Lynch noted that it would only be for a Super Bowl contender.

As of right now, it’s an open question whether Baltimore can be considered a Super Bowl contender. It started the season with a 5-1 record but has since lost four of six. Right now, the Ravens find themselves one game out of the final playoff spot in the AFC heading into a huge Week 14 matchup against the division-rival Cleveland Browns.

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More than anything, the Ravens’ recent bout with a COVID-19 outbreak has impacted the team in a big way. Baltimore Ravens rumors recently suggest that Pro Bowlers, tight end Mark Andrews and edge rusher Matt Judon, might be able to return for Week 14 after being activated from the COVID-19 list.

Baltimore Ravens rumors: How might Marshawn Lynch fit?

Baltimore Ravens rumors: Marshawn Lynch
Dec 29, 2019; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) rushes for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

As of right now, Dobbins has to be seen as the top back in Baltimore. The stud rookie second-round pick from Ohio State has picked it up recently, tallying 297 rushing yards at a clip of 5.1 yards per rush over the past five games.

Meanwhile, Mark Ingram has fallen out of favor recently. The 30-year-old veteran has tallied a mere 18 rush attempts over the past four games. If the Ravens were to sign Lynch, he’d be a short-yardage alternative to Dobbins and Gus Edwards (487 rushing yards this season.

Lynch, 34, has played in just seven games over the past two seasons. Last year saw him get in one regular-season game for the Seattle Seahawks before scoring three touchdowns in two playoff appearances.

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