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Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti: "Lamar won’t be running 20 times a game"

May 30, 2019 - 9:47 am
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By Austin Medina  

Let’s hope that comments from Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti holds true on the football field in 2019.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson will enter his first training camp as the starting play-caller. After replacing Joe Flacco midway through the 2018 season, Jackson led a heavy rushing attack and secured an AFC North title.

Bisciotti spoke Wednesday on the state of the Ravens, including the focus for Jackson and the offense.

Baltimore’s rushing attack ranked 2nd and Jackson’s legs were a major factor. He racked up 695 yards with five touchdowns. His 147 carries set a single-season record for a quarterback. The amount of rush attempts by Jackson should not go understated. Last season, he averaged 17 carries.

With new additions on the offense including the signing of Mark Ingram, as well as rookies Justice Hill and Miles Boykin, the Ravens have doubled-down on speed.

It’s no secret that the Chargers, who played him earlier in the year, keyed in on Jackson during the playoffs en route to victory. All eyes were on Jackson and with the new additions, the task becomes more difficult.  

The idea of Jackson rushing 20 times per game is not only unrealistic long-term but unnecessary. Jackson has a number of backs to hand the ball off too and his presence alone will garner attention from the opposition.

As Bisciotti mentioned, Jackson “won’t be running 20 times per game.” Of course we will have to wait and see if Coach John Harbaugh and OC Greg Roman incorporate the same mentality.