It seems Baltimore might have some severe modifications on the best way offensively, in accordance second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Jackson, 22, set a single-season NFL report for quarterback dashing makes an attempt final 12 months, with 147. He reached that mark regardless of beginning solely seven video games as a rookie (although he performed in all 16).
Ravens coach John Harbaugh made headlines earlier this week by suggesting Jackson may run the ball greater than 139 occasions in 2019, however Jackson countered that notion Thursday on “The Wealthy Eisen Present.”
“Completely. I placed on weight,” Jackson mentioned (via ESPN.com) when requested if he might replicate the final season’s dashing manufacturing. “However I do not assume I will be working as a lot as I did final 12 months. There have been lots of (run-pass choices) and lots of sudden modifications in final 12 months’s sport. This might be completely totally different.”
Jackson declined to enter element about Baltimore’s new-and-improved offensive method although.
“I am unable to discuss it,” Jackson mentioned. “Each day we’re trying higher and higher in what we’re doing, whether or not it is RPO, working the ball with our backs, or the move sport, it is all trying unbelievable proper now. However you are going to need to see when it is sport time. Observe goes to be apply; video games are going to be video games.”
Jackson has accomplished 99 of his 170 profession NFL passing makes an attempt for 1,201 yards and 6 touchdowns with three interceptions. It is protected to say that the Ravens will attempt to even issues out and monitor the amount of his rushes transferring ahead, as he was among the many league leaders in fumbles (12) in 2018. He fumbled in 9 video games final season.
“I feel you may be pleasantly stunned that Lamar will not be going to be working 20 occasions a sport,” Ravens proprietor Steve Bisciotti mentioned in Could. “That is not what this offense is about.”
Baltmiore traded Joe Flacco to the Broncos to make room for Jackson to shine and added Mark Ingram to the backfield this offseason. It additionally signed star security Earl Thomas to a four-year deal to bolster its protection.
Jackson including a brand new dimension to his sport might assist the Ravens win the AFC North for a second consecutive season and push them deeper into the playoffs. They have been eradicated by the Chargers within the first spherical final postseason.