J.K. Dobbins Frustrated With Lack of Carries in Playoff Loss

With a sideline view of the biggest play in the Baltimore Ravens’ loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night, running back J.K. Dobbins didn’t hold back his rage.
When Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley’s ill-fated sneak ended up in the grasp of Bengals defensive lineman Sam Hubbard and was returned for the game-winning score in the Bengals’ 24-17 Divisional Round victory over the Ravens, Dobbins was emphatic post-game that he should’ve had the ball in his hands.
“[Huntley] should never have been in that situation,” Dobbins said following the season-ending loss, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “Not a single carry for me. I didn’t get even one carry. He should never have been in that situation in the first place. I’m pretty sure I’d put it in the end zone again.”
To Dobbins’ chagrin, he was not on the field during the critical third-and-goal play from the Bengals 1-yard line with 11:39 remaining in the fourth quarter, nor did he have a carry on that doomed Ravens drive. Gus Edwards was on the field, and the ball was in Huntley’s hands for the game-changing play, which culminated in a monumental swing as Baltimore went from being on the verge of a go-ahead touchdown to giving up a 98-yard score to Hubbard that proved to be the game-winner.
But it wasn’t just about that one play for Dobbins; it was about his overall workload. He had 17 touches in total, including 13 carries for 62 yards, four receptions for 43 yards, and a 2-yard second-quarter touchdown.
“I should be the guy,” Dobbins said, noting that his 32 snaps were his second-highest total this season. “I’m sick of holding it in. I’m sick of it. [Thirteen carries], it’s playoff time. I’m sick of holding it in. Let’s get this game won. “I’m sick of it.”
Dobbins, who appeared to be on fire after an emotional loss, also stated that he believed the outcome would have been different if Lamar Jackson had been at quarterback. Jackson did not travel with the team because he was out for the sixth time in a row due to a PCL sprain.

“We would have won if we had Lamar,” Dobbins said.

While Jackson was held out of the lineup due to an injury, it’s clear that Dobbins does not believe he should be held back because of his own injury.
He missed the entire 2021 season due to a torn ACL and appeared in only eight games during the 2022 regular season. He’s given a boost to a sluggish offense, but the Ravens have been wary of him. He was inactive in Week 18 and hasn’t carried the ball more than 17 times this season.

That clearly doesn’t matter to him. Thirteen carries simply weren’t enough.

“I make plays,” he explained. “When I’m on the field, my teammates feed off of me.