Running backs aren’t viewed as highly in today’s NFL as they once were, so why is everyone saying the Baltimore Ravens should add more to their team?
Let’s state facts here: The Baltimore Ravens offense is the furthest thing from traditional, but it’s unbelievably successful. The way Lamar Jackson quarterbacks the offense is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Jackson can beat you with his arm and his legs in ways that make us reminisce on Michael Vick or remind us of another star quarterback, Russell Wilson. It’s truly special, and the running backs only accentuate his talents.
Mark Ingram had a career-year in 2019, scoring 15 touchdowns and rushing for 1,000-yards. Gus Edwards rushed for over 700-yards as the team’s third running option. Even Justice Hill got in on some of the action in what would become the greatest rushing attack in NFL history. It was beyond prolific and something truly special to behold.
So then why are everyone and their mother linking the Baltimore Ravens to running backs this offseason?
Right now, Baltimore has the best quarterback/running back duo in the league via Jackson and Ingram. Edwards is no slouch himself, as he could probably start for a handful of other teams. Between those three alone you have no need to waste any more capital in the position.
It should be an open-and-shut case, but I’ll play devil’s advocate just for fun and debate both sides of this argument, starting with an argument to add another running back.