2. The Baltimore Ravens are getting Zay Flowers the football on screen passes
One of the main reasons why Flowers is targeted so much against zone coverage is because a majority of his targets are screen passes. Eight of Zay Flowers's 15 targets have come as screens. So, he is almost being targeted against linebackers who sit in zone or cornerbacks off of the ball anyways.
Flowers has been targeted on a screen pass for 53.3% of his routes run. No wide receiver in the NFL has more of his targets from screen plays. Kadarius Toney is at 50%, and Christian Kirk is at 31.3%.
This has added a whole new dimension to Lamar Jackson and his game. Over the last three years, Lamar Jackson has thrown a screen pass 7.7% of the time, 4.9%, and 6.4% of the time.
This year, that number is over 20.3%. This has increased his completion rate in a big way and allowed him to get the ball out early; it is like getting a shooter a few layups and short-range jumpers before he goes deep for three.
Zay Flowers has made life a lot easier for Lamar Jackson already, and he has given Todd Monken easy access to getting him the football.