Baltimore Ravens Q&A What’s in store for the rest of the offseason?
@parham_russ asks: Do you think Lamar Jackson will have a mindset to push the ball deep more often because of the wide receiver acquisitions. How does J.K. Dobbins fit in?
Answer: Okay, here we have two good questions. Let’s dive into them one by one. Jackson will throw the ball deep more in 2020, and it’s not just because of the wide receiver additions. To make this offense work the way Greg Roman really wants it to, the threat of the deep ball always has to be there. This needs to be an offense that makes teams pay for selling out to stop the run.
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Adding Devin Duvernay helps with that because he has awesome speed and he can take the top off the defense from the slot receiver position. If Miles Boykin can get things going, the Ravens could have three legitimate deep threats from the past two drafts. Jackson will also be a little further along in the way the game flows for him.
In 2018, Jackson saw throws but turned them down for easy rushing yards. In 2019 he took more shots down the field and was more aggressive with his arm. Another year of development should see Jackson take more shots, especially because he has the tools to do it. Baltimore has to be motivated to pass the ball deep down the field.
Dobbins is one of four very good running backs on the Ravens roster. He may have the most play-making ability but he may also be the most unrefined back. If the Ravens are smart (They have proven that they are) they will get Dobbins the ball 10-15 times a game. If the Ravens give him a little daylight, he’s going to make big chunk plays.
@RobertDNeal2 asks: Any surprise trades we could see during training camp/first part of the season? Do The Ravens bring Suggs back for a final ride?
Answer: With the Ravens roster being so loaded, I think it’s much more likely that the Ravens ship a player away rather than adding a player via trade. I wouldn’t rule out a Gus Edwards trade because the Ravens have a surplus at the running back position. I didn’t think Kaare Vedvick would get the Ravens a fifth round pick so anything is possible. Nothing sticks out as an obvious trade that could happen.
It would be nice to see Terrell Suggs back for one more run with the Ravens. It kind of feels like if it was going to happen, it would have happened. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Suggs announce his retirement before the season starts. One way or another bringing him back seems more emotion based than reason based. I think the Ravens like what they have and McPhee was the finishing touch for the defense.