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Tough Ending, but Promising Future

January 08, 2019 - 2:24 pm

By Tim Barbalace

The Ravens season ended with a thud at M&T Bank Stadium against the Chargers.  Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore offense was neutralized for much of the day before a strong comeback push came just short.  While the playoff performance was disappointing, the Ravens showed plenty of fight to even get to January.

Baltimore was left for dead sitting at 4-5 entering their bye week.  The team had dropped three straight games, including a blow out loss to the Panthers, and Joe Flacco was expected to miss time due to a hip injury.  Lamar Jackson would start at quarterback following the team's off week, and he would never look back. 

The running game, which was largely ineffective, came to life with Jackson at QB.  The Ravens entered their bye week ranked 27th in rushing yards per game and ended the season ranked 2nd in the league.  The ground game produced 1,607 yards averaging over five yards per carry in the final seven regular season games.

Jackson experienced highs and lows throughout his time as the starter, but that was to be expected since this was supposed to be a red-shirt year for him.  Overall, Jackson passed for 1,114 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions in seven regular season starts, which is good for an 82.6 passer rating.  He also ran for 556 yards with four rushing touchdowns.

The Ravens also got several contributions from other rookies across their offense.  Gus Edwards got plenty of playtime after the bye and started six games down the stretch finishing 654 yards rushing in that span.  Orlando Brown Jr. started the last ten games at right tackle and did not surrender a sack in the regular season per Pro Football Focus.

Mark Andrews showed that he has great potential as he set Ravens rookie tight end records for catches, yards, and touchdowns finishing with 34 grabs for 552 yards receiving and three TDs.  Hayden Hurst flashed some down the stretch, and Bradley Bozeman also was in rotation with James Hurst at guard. 

Defensively Kenny Young started three games at linebacker and consistently got snaps.  Young finished fifth on the team in tackles with 51.  Baltimore also has plenty of players that are providing an impact on the team with less than five years of experience under contract in 2019 including Matt Judon, Patrick Onwuasar, Tavon Young, Marlon Humphrey, Michael Pierce, Chris Wormley, Willie Snead, Chris Moore, and Ronnie Stanley.

There is still plenty of frustration after the subpar game against the Chargers, but there is a strong young nucleus on the team that should give Ravens fans optimism for the future.