3 lessons from the Lamar Jackson and Gus Edwards show
Lamar Jackson is the key to the run game:
How did that happen? A quick hitting running game from the Ravens? Yes, the same 2018 Ravens that couldn’t run the football all year long ran the football with great efficiency. Lamar Jackson had 27 rushing attempts. Many of his best runs were just taking advantage of a wide open middle of the field. Jackson doesn’t need much room to operate in and a slither of daylight is a wide open lane for him to burst through. Whether Marty Mornhinweg calls a run or a pass, anything can happen with Jackson as the quarterback.
Jackson always has the ability to burn the defense with his legs and he mastered the fake hand off at Louisville. The defense always has to figure what happens at the mesh point, and the second they just decide to take out Jackson, Edwards beats them. The Ravens offense hasn’t been able to run the football consistently with Joe Flacco under center. That’s why the Ravens had to insert Jackson into the game when they needed a good play on the ground, all year long. It may have started as a gimmick, but it became the only way to milk the ground game for all it’s worth.
Jackson just solidified what we thought we knew. Jackson puts such a burden on defenses with his speed and big play potential that it makes the running game actually functional. In summation, we learned that Jackson is ready to ball out for the Ravens. We also learned that Edwards has a running style more in tune with what the Ravens want to do on the ground. Finally, learned that Jackson is the key to running the football for this team.