Historical Comps for Gus Edwards’ Rookie Season

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.

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