It appears the Baltimore Ravens are moving all of their chips to the center of Lamar Jackson’s table, which means they’ll likely employ a uniquely run-heavy attack in 2019 and beyond. That could put them in the market for an interior offensive lineman to team with—and eventually replace—stalwart guard Marshal Yanda, but it might also mean bringing in more talent in the offensive backfield.
Undrafted rookie running back Gus Edwards averaged a strong 5.2 yards per carry in limited action, but Edwards wouldn’t be the first obscure young back to flash once in the pan and then disappear. Heck, the Ravens saw a similar flash from Alex Collins in 2017 before he became practically useless in 2018.
Look for Baltimore to partner Edwards with a consistent, steady and well-accomplished veteran such as Mark Ingram, who has averaged at least 4.5 yards per carry on at least 125 (but no more than 250) attempts in each of his last four seasons.
Ingram will turn 30 in December, but he hasn’t been overworked in New Orleans and would bring a nice veteran presence to an offense that will likely say goodbye to quarterback Joe Flacco in the coming weeks.
Free agency matters. We can argue about whether it’s overrated, but there’s little doubt that it often helps teams and hurts others. And now that all but two NFL franchises have reached the offseason, it’s time to look ahead to the one of the earliest, most entertaining and important […]