Why J.K. Dobbins could be the key to the Lamar Jackson era
What Dobbins can do for Jackson:
Joe Flacco and Ray Rice came into the NFL together. Jackson’s technically going into his third season but it’s only his second full season as the starting quarterback. Dobbins and Jackson are both incredibly young players who have incredible amounts of potential. Dobbins has the chance to be for Jackson what Rice was for Flacco. It could be even more important for Jackson though, because of the Ravens run driven offense. With all the plays in the pistol formation, all the zone-read options, RPO’s (Run-Pass-Options) and play-fakes, the quarterback to running back chemistry is more important for the Ravens than for any other team.
Flacco loved throwing to Dennis Pitta and Anquan Boldin, but Rice was always one of the biggest parts of the passing game. Flacco and Rice were so connected and so in sync and it was a defining moment of that era of Ravens football. Dobbins can be the most important player for Jackson. It can be one of the most exciting tag teams in NFL history.
The addition of Dobbins gives the Ravens a chance to have a big three for Jackson for at least the next several years. A trio of Dobbins, Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown could be special. The 2019 Ravens were a history making team and nobody will ever forget the way they operated. Adding Dobbins allows the Ravens to have a chance at having one of the best offenses of their generation. If Jackson and the Ravens keep breaking records, they’ll be remembered much like the St. Louis Rams were when they had “The Greatest Show on Turf.”
It’s hard to remember the last time expectations were this high for a second round pick. I just spent an entire article talking about Dobbins as if he was the first round pick of the Ravens. Dobbins was one of the best players Ohio State ever had. That’s saying something for that school. He just had a 2,003 yard rushing season for the Buckeyes. The high bar for Dobbins is there for a reason. This could be the key to winning championships in the Jackson era.