The Ravens are fully behind Lamar Jackson, but don’t expect the offense to turn into a pass-happy attack - Jason La Canfora
Sure, the Ravens have changed their nomenclature in the passing game and added badly needed speed and twitch at wide receiver through the draft. But this team is going to pound the ground above all else; it will continue to try to confound and overpower teams with altering mesh-points with an RPO-based offense, and I would fully expect them to lead the NFL in rushing in 2019. They certainly hope to sprinkle the ball around more liberally through the air and are taking a painstaking approach with Jackson to do so. But this team knows what it does best and what provides the clearest path to winning football games, and that ain’t changing all that much.
“I can’t give away any secrets,” said backup quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has become a mentor to Jackson. “But at the end of the day, the way we ran the football at end of last year was pretty special. We went from near the bottom of the league to basically the best in the league (once Jackson took over) … So our focus is on developing our passing game and what we are good at there so it can aid our running game. Don’t get it twisted -- we’re going to run the ball a bunch. And we’ll also have to throw it.”
“We know what we’re gonna be good at,” left tackle Ronnie Stanley told me, “and we know that to get through the playoffs you’re going to need a quality running game. You’re not going to make it all the way without a great running team. That’s something that we’ve dedicated ourselves to, but we’re not throwing all of our eggs in one basket. We’re still trying to be a more balanced team.”
Ravens predict more for WR Chris Moore in 2019 - Grant Gordon
“Whenever I was called, I was trying to go in and just make plays,” Moore said. “You always want more opportunities as a receiver, so that’s what I’m going to be more excited about going into this next year, [is] just getting the consistent opportunity to make plays as a receiver.”
“I’ve been working,” Moore said. “I’ve always had some vets in front of me, but this year I’m the vet. Shoot, I’m one of the oldest guys in the room. So, it’s my opportunity to step up and make the plays and show these guys why I’m here.”
Added head coach John Harbaugh: “It’s up to the player to make the move and do something about it. But I would say Chris is ready to do that and has been ready to do that. He practices really hard, he works hard in the weight room, he knows the offense very well, and he makes spectacular catches out here very often.”
Issue or Non-Issue From Ravens OTAs - John Eisenberg
Topic: Any lingering effects of the Lisfranc foot injury that has sidelined wide receiver Marquise (Hollywood) Brown throughout spring practices
Issue or Non-Issue: Issue
Why: The Ravens’ top draft pick is vigorously rehabbing. Watching him walk and run lightly, you would never know he’s injured. The Ravens are optimistic he’ll be on the field at training camp. But he had two screws inserted in his foot, which can cause a setback, as Hayden Hurst, last year’s top pick, can attest. Brown may well be fine once he’s cleared to practice and play. But the Ravens will breathe easier when they see that.