Ravens already showing a big commitment to the running game


Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (34) carries the ball as New Orleans Saints nose tackle John Jenkins (92) defends during the first quarter in a preseason NFL football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

A lot of folks had their doubts that the Ravens would continue their commitment to the running game after they brought in pass happy Marc Trestman to be their new offensive coordinator.  Many have even speculated that Justin Forsett would have more of an impact in the passing game than the running game.

But no, this isn’t going to be Chicago east.  The Ravens said they would be a run first team in 2015, and their intentions were quite clear in week one of the preseason.  In fact, they ran the ball (39 times) more than they passed the ball (38 attempts).

Unfortunately, it only resulted in 2.7 yards per carry, but it’s still early and Forsett only carried the ball twice.  The first team offensive line is among the NFL’s very best, and they’ll pull it together by week one.

A couple of other pleasant takeaways from the Ravens’ win over the Saints included the performances of rookies Maxx Williams and Carl Davis.  Williams made a couple of nice plays, and Davis wound up playing into the 4th quarter, soaking up quality reps amid a ton of injuries along the d-line.

The Ravens notched a nice win to kick off the preseason and seem to have a solid foundation to build on before week one.

Hope you enjoy today’s links!

Baltimore Ravens news and notes from around the FanSided network

Ravens offense impressive, defense no so much vs. SaintsJoe Serpico, The Baltimore Wire

NFL preseason 2015: Ravens squeak by SaintsMatt Verderame, FanSided

Panthers should sign Steve SmithChris Schafer, Cat Crave

Baltimore Ravens news and notes from around the rest of the interwebs

Ravens already showing commitment to strong ground gameCurt Popejoy, Bleacher Report

Unlikely hero Renner lifts Ravens over SaintsClifton Brown, CSN Baltimore

Preseason game one rewindKyle Casey, Russell Street Report

Ravens’ Maxx Williams shows improvisation, playmaking abilityJamison Hensley, ESPN

Cornerback Asa Jackson hurt, tight end Allen Reisner breaks ankle in preseason openerJon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun

Ravens rookie all smiles after strong preseason debutBo Smolka, CSN Baltimore

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