2019 Baltimore Ravens: 3 goals for Gus Edwards
Gus Edwards could be a very important part of the Baltimore Ravens offense this season. Here are 3 goals for him
1. Catch 20 passes this season
The Baltimore Ravens will need Gus Edwards. The number one goal for Edwards should be to improve as an overall running back. Edwards is such a good running back when he’s asked to stay in his comfort zone. For Edwards that’s knifing through the gut of the defense. To take the next step, he must improve in the passing game. Edwards development is key to the amount of playing time he’s going to receive. Mark Ingram can do it all. If Edwards is known solely as a runner and not as a receiver out of the backfield, it makes the offense more predictable when he is in the game.
Edwards doesn’t have to become a great receiver out of the backfield. He needs to show that he can do it so that the defense can respect it. Greg Roman should try to get Edwards catching passes on tape early in the season. He’s not going to be a Ray Rice like player and he fits much more in the Jamal Lewis category of running backs. The point is that limitations can catch up to you and this is an area Edwards needs to do more at.
Edwards ran the rock 137 times but he only had two receptions for 20 yards. Having such a small workload as a receiving option is a little bit concerning for a player who became one of the main features of the 2018 offense. We know that Edwards is a more than capable runner. He doesn’t waste time getting to the point of attack and his contact balance helps him with his yard total. Edwards is a perfect fit for this offense yet he needs to add another element to his game.