I will continue to talk until people begin to understand what is happening, so that clues continue to come: TBaltimore Ravens and Lamar Jackson are going to launch football a lot more this year.
The Ravens understand that in order to take the next step and to try to dethrone the Chiefs in the AFC, they must intensify their passing attack. All they have done this season is support this.
Before the draft, I said:
“Like the Buffalo Bills last year, who did a splash exchange for Stefon Diggs to give Josh Allen a legitimate weapon to help him grow as a passer, I expect the Ravens to use the same approach in the project this year. For Jackson to progress, he needs better weapons. “
They did exactly that. Not only did the Ravens take on wide receiver Rashod Batement with their first pick in the first round (No. 27 overall), they doubled by taking on another wide receiver, Tylan Wallace. His project was built around the premise of adding weapons for his young quarterback.
I also wrote that three yards a cloud of dust it will no longer cut it in the AFC North. The entire division is moving in this direction, giving priority to skill position players. The Cincinnati Bengals took receiver Ja’Marr Chase as the first receiver in the draft, the Steelers relieved Juju Smith-Schuster as free agent and drafted runner Najee Harris in the first round, and the Browns added the recoverer Odell Beckham Jr. to his receiving body. The investment of talent in the offense is remarkable.
Not only did the Ravens add two wide receivers who can both excel at all levels of the field, but they also wanted to get their skilled shoulders more involved in the passing game. When asked about sophomore JK Dobbins and his participation in the passing game, coach John Harbaugh said:
“She is moving forward. It’s been one of the main points of emphasis, of involving our shoulders in the passing game later this season. JK will obviously be a focal point of this and of course, Justice [Hill], and Gus [Edwards] do what he does in the passing game. I think specifically about JK and Justice, that’s what they should be really good at. ”
Dobbins recorded just 18 receptions for 120 yards in his rookie season. However, as an explosive athlete in the open space, getting the ball in the game he receives would be a beneficial wrinkle in his offense. Clearly, Harbaugh agrees.
Easily the best asset in the passing game for the Ravens in the last two seasons has been tight end Mark Andrews, who has been an effective and dominant threat to the red zone and Jackson’s favorite target. Andrews has 17 received touchdowns in the last two years, which is more than Travis Kelce (16), George Kittle (7), and Darren Waller (12).
Yesterday, Harbaugh said Andrews and how he practices:
“It’s very good.” He practiced very well, “Harbaugh said after the Ravens finished their third open practice of organized team activity.” I said it today, I really think he runs the routes the best I’ve seen him run. while he’s here. Very crisp and very sharp and explosive and all. I’m glad he’s here. “
So, to summarize: the Ravens have traded in for project choices that have helped them write two wide receivers, they want to further include their backs in the passing game, and their best threat, Mark Andrews, is healthy, prosperous and runs the best courses he has run in recent years.
The Ravens, who led the NFL in precipitous attempts to play last season (34.6), have made all of this season’s telegraph into the rest of the NFL preparing to make a leap as the most versatile offense. Lamar Jackson will have all the pieces around him to remind the league that he is an MVP level quarterback.