Baltimore Ravens schedule: 3 expectations for Lamar Jackson in 2021

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How about 750 rushing yards from QB1 for the Baltimore Ravens?

As mentioned, Lamar Jackson is electric. He’s the continuation of a nice line of dual-threat weapons that lit up the NFL before he arrived.

One might say that, though differences can be found in each guy, Randall Cunningham, Steve McNair, Michael Vick, and, yes, even Robert Griffin III were all Lamar Jacksons of their eras.

Sadly, Griffin never quite became what he was capable of as injury short-circuited his career, which is why he eventually landed in B-More with Jackson as a backup from 2018 to 2020.

No one wants Jackson to eliminate the dynamic of being able to tuck the ball and run from his game. Too many good things happen when he takes off, and the Ravens have a ton of options with their playbook because defenses know that he’s dangerous as a scrambler.

Jackson is too valuable of an asset to hang out in front of opposing defenses though. He could run the ball less, so here’s how this thing plays out. 2021 is the season where we all see less of the designed runs and we see his tailbacks shoulder most of the rushing.

Jackson has never had less than 147 totes in his professional career. This season, we’ll get that total down to about 110, and thanks to that six yards-per-carry average (and a bump of just under 100 yards to compensate for a few splash plays), we’re calling for 750 rushing yards, even though we all know that he’ll probably end up with more.