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. Saints – Joe Serpico, The Baltimore Wire
NFL preseason 2015: Ravens squeak by Saints – Matt Verderame, FanSided
Panthers should sign Steve Smith – Chris Schafer, Cat Crave
Baltimore Ravens news and notes from around the rest of the interwebs
Ravens already showing commitment to strong ground game – Curt Popejoy, Bleacher Report
Unlikely hero Renner lifts Ravens over Saints – Clifton Brown, CSN Baltimore
Preseason game one rewind – Kyle Casey, Russell Street Report
Ravens’ Maxx Williams shows improvisation, playmaking ability – Jamison Hensley, ESPN
Cornerback Asa Jackson hurt, tight end Allen Reisner breaks ankle in preseason opener – Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun
Ravens rookie all smiles after strong preseason debut – Bo Smolka, CSN Baltimore
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