The Baltimore Ravens aren’t going to play a handful of their starters in their regular season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here are three things that we can learn about the purple and black this Sunday:
1. Can Justice Hill steal the show?
The Baltimore Ravens obviously won’t play Lamar Jackson or Mark Ingram, which means their two leading rushers won’t be on the field for this one. Baltimore should display a lot of Gus Edwards in this game but the running back who has a chance to steal the show is Justice Hill.
You may be thinking why Hill is in the spotlight of my curiosity? After all Hill has only gotten 48 rushing attempts and seven receptions this season. Edwards has been a much larger part of the backfield rotation. The Ravens can’t rest everybody yet keeping Edwards fresh going into the playoffs isn’t a bad idea. Baltimore also knows what they have in Edwards. He has taken 112 hand-offs this season and averages over five yards per carry. Edwards also was the main running back in the Ravens 6-1 stretch in the 2018 regular season. The Ravens have a real opportunity to test the merit of Hill.
John Harbaugh and Greg Roman have every reason to test their rookie running back. Hill could go into the postseason with some momentum and establish himself as a secret weapon for the offense. Hill is coming off a strong showing against the Browns. He had three carries for 19 yards and a touchdown to go with three receptions for 32 yards. Hill’s promise was one of the main takeaways from the preseason. Hill hasn’t been overly involved this year and this is a big chance for him to shine. In a game where he should get more work with the football, against a very good defense, he could show the coaching staff just how good he is.