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Scarlet Sunrise: J.K. Dobbins signing one-year deal with Los Angeles Chargers

IMG_7408by:Andy Backstrom04/18/24


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J.K. Dobbins signing one-year deal with Los Angeles Chargers

J.K. Dobbins will move on from Baltimore and, hopefully, his injury history in Los Angeles. That’s where the former Ohio State star running back will start his comeback.

Dobbins is signing a one-year deal with the Chargers, according to multiple reports Wednesday, and, as a result, will reunite with former Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

After a prolific Buckeyes career, which saw him set the program’s single-season rushing record with 2,003 yards in 2019 — not to mention his 23 total touchdowns that season (21 rushing, two receiving) — Dobbins heard his name called in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Ravens picked Dobbins, but his four-year stint in Baltimore was marred by injuries. The last three years, in particular, have been challenging for the dynamic back. During that span, he missed all but nine of the Ravens’ games. He was sidelined for the final 16 outings last season after tearing his Achilles.

In 2021, he suffered a season-ending left knee injury in the preseason finale that ended up costing him nine games in 2022, too.

The 25-year-old Dobbins has performed well when healthy. He’s averaged 5.8 yards per carry and picked up 10 or more yards on 15.4% of his attempts since joining the league. Production hasn’t been the question. Durability, on the other hand, has.

Dobbins will try to jolt his NFL career in Los Angeles with the Chargers.

Spring Superlatives: Picking best from Buckeyes offense in spring ball

The spring is a time for younger players and new coaches to assert themselves in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

That was accomplished this time around, especially on the offensive side of the ball where a new quarterback competition continues and a phenom freshman wide receiver stole the spotlight with the virality of his highlight-reel practice catches.

Lettermen Row picked the best of the Ohio State offense for spring superlatives. Biggest surprise, biggest mover, best freshman, top position group, spring MVP — it’s all here.

Gleitman’s Goods: Thoughts and takeaways from the Ohio State spring game

The spring game is now in the rearview mirror. But how about one last good look at the exhibition? Lettermen Row’s Alex Gleitman turned back the tape and tracked his thoughts and takeaways.

In a thorough breakdown of Ohio State’s offense, defense and special teams, Gleitman highlighted what stood out for the Buckeyes last Saturday in the Horseshoe.

He covered the good, the bad and the eyebrow-raising tid-bits.

Check it out here.

Counting Down

Buckeyes vs. Akron: 136 days
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