But for now, the Patriots are 1-0, with no worries at quarterback.
Here’s a scary thought: Give the Ravens another runner.
Last year, the Baltimore Ravens set an N.F.L. record with 3,296 rushing yards. In what should be terrifying news for the rest of the N.F.L., they appear to have added a significant weapon to their arsenal in J.K. Dobbins, a rookie running back out of Ohio State.
Dobbins, who had a ton of hype coming into the season, was expected to eventually challenge the team’s starter, Mark Ingram, for carries. In a romp against the Cleveland Browns, “eventually” appears to be “Week 1.”
Dobbins had six carries for 23 yards and two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter. Ingram, who started the game, had nine carries for 24 yards and Lamar Jackson, the team’s two-way threat at quarterback, had seven carries for 45 yards.
The story of the day is mostly Jackson — as usual — with last year’s M.V.P. having more than 300 total yards between passing and rushing to go with three touchdown passes.
But the early emergence of Dobbins as a goal-line back adds a new wrinkle to a team that already seemed to do absolutely anything it wanted in terms of running the ball.
Colts running back Marlon Mack injures an Achilles’ tendon.
Marlon Mack was expected to have some competition for his starting job this season, but the Indianapolis Colts running back may already be done for the year after appearing to sustain a severe Achilles’ tendon injury, which forced him to leave his team’s Week 1 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
NFL Network is reporting that the team fears Mack tore the tendon, which would end his season.
Mack, a 24-year-old in his fourth season, rushed for 1,091 yards and eight touchdowns last season, but had competition in training camp from the rookie Jonathan Taylor out of Wisconsin as well as Nyheim Hines, the team’s 23-year-old third-down back.