Baltimore Ravens: Running backs to target for Lamar Jackson

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With a new found commitment to the run-game following the addition of Lamar Jackson, who can the Ravens target to pair with the young franchise quarterback?

With Lamar Jackson at the helm for the Baltimore Ravens offense, the time to strike for a championship is now. The Ravens will hold onto Jackson’s rights for at least his first four seasons, plus his fifth if they use his fifth-year option. After that, Jackson will need to be resigned and will likely need a fat paycheck to keep him in Baltimore. So during that span, the team would be best to surround the 22-year old with as much talent as possible.

The Ravens’ defense seems good to go and ready to compete now. The offense, meanwhile, could use some tinkering with. Right now, the Ravens offense will run (literally) through Lamar Jackson and the rushing attack. The team has solid options in the backfield to utilize this game plan with, as Gus Edwards excelled with Jackson in the back-field, while Kenneth Dixon looked revitalized and Alex Collins remains a reliable option. Even so, none of these players are the kind of star who will transform the Ravens’ offense into a dynamic, game-changing unit.

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While Baltimore’s offense is far from one single running back completing the unit, the addition of a game-breaking type of back would make this offense incredibly difficult to stop. Look at the success the Seattle Seahawks had in the run game in 2018 with their mobile quarterback, Russell Wilson, and their three-headed monster at running back in Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, and Mike Davis.

The Ravens backfield is solid right now, with Edwards, Dixon, and Collins, but which of them are superstars? We thought Collins could’ve been before he regressed in 2018, and we can’t put those same expectations on Edwards now. Dixon is talented, but often unreliable. Who can the Ravens add next to Lamar Jackson to make a great run-game elite?

The 2019 NFL Draft has a couple players to fancy, as does Free Agency, but nothing stands out too bright. There are three players, however, who should have the team’s attention. If the Baltimore Ravens did opt to sign/draft a running back this off-season, the guys who they should look at are…

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