Historical Comps for Gus Edwards’ Rookie Season
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Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, we turn our attention to Baltimore Ravens running back Gus Edwards. Edwards was far from a household name heading into the season, but he ended it as the lead back on one of the NFL’s most run-heavy offenses. We’ll take a look back at the positives, and negatives, of Edwards’ first year in the NFL. We’ll also look at a few players who enjoyed a similar rookie season to Edwards and see how they followed it up in Year 2 and beyond. In order to find some comparisons for the first year form of Edwards, I set the RotoViz Screener
to find rookies from 2008 – 2018, and selected some basic production and usage numbers as variables. I also included the draft pick. The influence of draft pick on a player’s opportunity declines over time, but it’s still relevant heading into a player’s second season. Then I asked the Screener to find seasons comparable to my target player.Let’s look at some of the players that the screener threw up.