With veteran Justin Forsett's release Tuesday, the young and unheralded trio of backs not only represents the team's running game of the present as the Ravens (3-1) face the Washington Redskins (2-2) on Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium, but potentially the future as well.
After a 2015 season in which they set a franchise low with 383 rushing attempts and finished 26th in the NFL by averaging 92.4 rushing yards per game, the Ravens made fixing their running game an offensive priority. Coach John Harbaugh has said since early in the offseason that the team will stay with the hot hand at running back and that could change on a game-by-game basis.
The Ravens will begin preparing for Sunday's season opener against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium with 53 players on the active roster sitting in meetings and working out on the field. Two players who are healthy, however, will be forced to watch from a distance.
It was bad enough that the Ravens lost running back Justin Forsett to an arm fracture early in Sunday's victory over the Rams, but Joe Flacco's season-ending ACL tear puts an ugly exclamation point on an ugly season.