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Louisiana Tech product’s tenure in Baltimore." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBaltimore Beatdowna Baltimore Ravens communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpPodcastFilm ReviewFanpostsFanshotsRavensAboutOddsCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhitePodcast Film Review Fanposts Fanshots Ravens StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Ravens ReportYahoo Ravens Depth ChartYahoo Ravens TransactionsYahoo Ravens PhotosAbout Odds Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Kenneth Dixon entering a make-or-break season with the Ravens New Youth Alex Lewis Jersey ,20commentsTime may be running out on the former Louisiana Tech product’s tenure in Baltimore. EDTShareTweetShareShareKenneth Dixon entering a make-or-break season with the Ravens Jake Roth-USA TODAY SportsWhen the Ravens drafted running back Kenneth Dixon in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, many believed Baltimore was getting a steal. After all, Dixon’s production at the collegiate level was almost unheard of: 5,452 scrimmage yards, 5.6 YPC, and 87 combined touchdowns - all in four seasons at Louisiana Tech. Dixon began his NFL career with experience, upside, and talent, all of which suggested he’d be both an immediate and long-term fixture in the Ravens backfield. However, flash forward to present day (three years later), and this has yet to materialize. Dixon’s struggles to stay on the field have been well-documented. Since suiting up for 12 games his rookie season and showing flashes of the player we saw in college, it’s been a bumpy road for Dixon. He missed the entire 2017 season after being suspended for the first four games and then suffering a torn meniscus. Many believed Dixon wouldn’t make the 53-man roster heading into last season. He did, however, but was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury in September. This almost certainly appeared to mark the end of Dixon’s career with the Ravens Stitched Javorius Allen Jersey , until he was surprisngly activated off IR in the beginning of December. From there, Dixon put forth the best stretch of his young career. Over the final six games of the regular season, the 25-year old turned 60 carries into 333 rushing yards and two touchdowns, good for an impressive YPA of 5.6. Dixon was instrumental in spearheading a dominant rushing attack alongside Gus Edwards and Lamar Jackson. His performance against the Browns in the regular season finale was nothing short of impressive. Dixon was nearly unstoppable at times and ripped off several big chunk plays, rushing for a career-high 117 yards on just 12 carries. After emerging as an X-factor during the team’s playoff run, one would think Dixon earned himself a sizeable role heading into next season. However, after the Ravens signed Mark Ingram in free agency and drafted Justice Hill, things are in a bit of a tricky spot. Dixon’s talent and promise are unquestioned. Even as the Ravens are set to utilize multiple running backs and deploy a run-heavy scheme, though, Dixon’s exact fit in the backfield is murky.Ingram will almost surely see the majority of rushing attempts as the starter. It’s hard to envision Dixon slotting ahead of Edwards, either, given the latter saw significantly more carries last season. That puts Dixon as the third RB on the depth chart, but even Hill could potentially see more playing time given his explosiveness and receiving chops. Dixon’s playing style is similar to that of Ingram and Edwards and barring any injuries or unforseen developments taking place, he’s not going to jump either of them in the pecking order. Dixon doesn’t offer much as a pass-catcher Youth Javorius Allen Jersey , so the question becomes just how much early-down work will he see as the #3 option in the backfield? Much like last year, some have begun floating around the possibility of Dixon not making the roster. It’s far too early in the offseason to begin jumping to conclusions but this scenario seems unlikely. So long as the Ravens seek to keep four running backs on the roster and Dixon doesn’t suffer an injury or suspension of some kind in the coming months, he should be safe. With that being said, however, the 2019-20 season is almost certainly shaping up to be a make-or-break one for Dixon. His skill set overlaps with other running backs on the roster and he’s entering the final year of his rookie contract. If there’s any chance of him sticking around long-term, Dixon will have to prove himself to be a consistent, reliable contributor. Based on how his career has played out thus far, banking on this happening seems like a risky proposition. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon came into last Sunday’s matchup with three sacks through 11 games. He would double that total with a three-sack performance against the Oakland Raiders. “The team needed it,” Judon said. “I went out there and got it done. It could’ve been any one of us, but I’m glad it was me.”On Judon’s first sack of the afternoon, he stripped Derek Carr — causing a Terrell Suggs fumble recovery for a touchdown. Judon then gave Raiders right tackle Brandon Parker a swim move to get to Carr on the following play from scrimmage. With Oakland at their own 18-yard line, Judon blitzed once again — ripping away from Parker and sacking Carr for the third consecutive time. “I have confidence in myself,” said Judon when asked if he believed that he could record three straight sacks. “Every time I go our there, I’m thinking I’m getting a sack. When y’all ask Stitched Kenneth Dixon Jersey , ‘Do you think you can do this?’ I think I can do that. So yes — I thought I could do it.”As a fifth-round pick in 2016, Judon made an impact out of the gate with four sacks. During the following season, the then-25-year old linebacker doubled his sack total to eight. There were high expectations placed on him coming into the season and deservedly so. Across from Judon is Terrell Suggs — a 16-year veteran who has a load of experience in getting to the quarterback (131.0 career sacks). According to Judon, Suggs has been instrumental in his development and setting him up for success in the NFL.“I feel like walking in here with that guy and everything he’s done for me throughout the years that you see on the field. And a lot of stuff that you don’t see is just guidance and somebody that approaches the game every day as it could be his last,” Judon said of Suggs. “Hopefully, I have about four or five more years with him. He can do this forever, but I’m truly grateful for me being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens and him still being here.” It took Judon until the sixth game of the season to record a full sack against the Tennessee Titans. After waiting two more games, he recorded another one facing off against the Pittsburgh Steelers and another half sack against Cincinnati. Despite his long road to breaking out in 2018, Judon has stayed positive and continued to maintain his happy-go-lucky attitude while reflecting on his season so far.“I think that I just wasn’t making those plays as I was last year — coming off of last year — and was trying to ride that wave and things were going differently for me at that time,” Judon said. “For them, they might think that I was pressing and it might look like I was pressing — maybe I was. Maybe I was trying to make those plays and just not being me.”“But I feel like now I’m making those plays and I’m being me. Everybody’s like, ‘Oh, he’s not pressing anymore! He’s just making those plays’ — I just kept going to work.”Judon points to the interior defensive line play of Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams as the foundation of his success. Though the two haven’t posted impressive individual stats, like sacks or tackles Youth Kenneth Dixon Jersey , they have been able to create opportunities for Judon, Suggs and Za’Darius Smith. “They’re definitely unsung heroes because they’re demanding two [blockers] and when they get two — they’re keeping two. If you watch the film, Pierce and ‘Baby’ [Williams] have some good rushes. They’ve been having some really good rushes and the ball just kind of gets out on them and they’re right there, a step away. “But those guys are good. Don’t discredit ‘Z’ [Za’Darius Smith]. I think all of his sacks came from the inside. So, we have some really good inside rushers.”Judon has five more games remaining this season to match or surpass his sack total from 2017. At this time last season, he had 12 sacks. Though Oakland is number five in sacks allowed on the season (36), Atlanta will be a tougher battle, as they are ranked 12th in sacks allowed (33). They also have a veteran quarterback in Matt Ryan who can make quick strikes to Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley. Ryan is having strong passing season — recording a 71.4% completion rate (a league-high), 3,683 yards (league-high) and 24 touchdowns (seventh-highest). Judon’s pass rushing ability will be needed against the Falcons passing attack.