Baltimore Ravens: Five Reasons Why 2015 Will Be Better Than 2014

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Reason #2 – The talent at running back has improved

Last offseason (and the first few weeks of the regular season) were a mess at the running back position for the Baltimore Ravens.  Ray Rice’s suspension and subsequent release forced the team to play roulette at the position until somebody stuck.  Justin Forsett eventually grabbed a hold of the job and (literally) ran with it.

This year, Forsett enters camp as the unquestioned starter.  Behind him is talented fourth round pick Javorius Allen and rising sophomore Lorenzo Taliaferro.  Taliaferro came to OTAs in great shape, and Allen promises to be a great fit for Marc Trestman’s scheme, which emphasizes the use of running backs in the passing game.

Gone is perennial pedestrian runner Bernard Pierce.  This unit as a whole is simply better on paper than last year’s, and the team has a better handle on who will play what role in the offense.  And with consistency along the offensive line and the retention of last year’s zone blocking scheme, this unit should show improvement.

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