The Ravens signed Derrick Henry. He could be good at closing out games for them, and I expect he’ll lead them in rushing. But I’ll be interested in seeing what they do with Keaton Mitchell.

They’ll need to start by seeing where Mitchell is at physically. His leg got bent around awkwardly on the play that ended his season. I’m not sure if he’ll be ready for Week 1, and I can’t guarantee he’ll ever run with the same kind of speed and athleticism. The injury was ugly enough that they declined to show the replay.

But if Mitchell can get back to being anything close to what he was last year, they’ll be wanting to get the ball in his hands about 10 times per game. While he’s small and went undrafted, he was looking really special at the time of the injury, averaging at least 6 yards per carry in five of his six games.

Mitchell finished the season with 396 yards on only 47 attempts. That’s 8.4 yards per attempt. In the last 40 years, no other running back has carried the ball more than 30 times and averaged 8.4 per attempt.

We’re working with a small sample size of work, of course. But if Mitchell gets back to fully healthy, I’m definitely interested.

Below see the small subset of running backs with at least 20 carries who’ve averaged over 7.0 per attempt. There are only 23 of them, and of those 23, 9 at some point in their career put together a top-30 season (using PPR scoring). So plenty of misses. Given the severity of Mitchell’s injury, he’s probably more likely to be a miss than a hit. But definitely a guy I want to get eyes on.

YearPlayerAttYdsAvgTDBest Rk
2008• Felix Jones, Dall.302668.9323
2007De Dorsey, Cin.211838.7095
2023Keaton Mitchell, Balt.473968.4259
2021Travis Homer, Sea.211778.4169
1995Jerry Ellison, T.B.262188.4561
1993Lorenzo Neal, N.O.211758.3169
1986Thomas Sanders, Chi.272248.3572
2017Corey Grant, Jac.302488.3283
2007• Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG231908.3110
2013Toby Gerhart, Min.362837.9239
2018Brian Hill, Atl.201577.9050
2023• DeVon Achane, Mia.1038007.8825
2018• Raheem Mostert, S.F.342617.715
2002Michael Wiley, Dall.221687.6166
1986• Tony Nathan, Mia.272037.5015
1991• Darrin Nelson, Min.282107.5212
2001• LaMont Jordan, NYJ392927.516
2000Brian Mitchell, Phil.251877.5245
2005Rock Cartwright, Was.271997.4243
2001Michael Wiley, Dall.342477.3066
2008• Jerome Harrison, Cle.342467.2122
2012Cedric Peerman, Cin.362587.2172
2011• Mewelde Moore, Pitt.221577.1026
2000Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, Pitt.211497.1145

—Ian Allan