As Lamar Jackson develops as a passer, the expectation is he'll run the ball fewer times. Last offseason, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and Jackson himself both said he would run the ball less in 2019. But Jackson's 176 rush attempts not only set a mark for quarterbacks but ranked 23rd among all players last season.
"Obviously, Lamar's skill set and dynamic athletic ability -- that's something we can have available every week and do a little bit more of it this week and a little bit less of it the next week," Roman said. "I think that's always on the table, those type of things. I think it's also an in-game feel for how the game is going and how the defense is playing. I think we're at the point now where we have a pretty good menu when we go into a game. We can see how the game is going and understand that things are going to change in the course of a game. I think it's something we can definitely hang our hat on at times and other times we won't."
In Jackson's two NFL seasons, his 265 designed runs are 159 more than any other quarterback's. Bills quarterback Josh Allen is second with 106. The Ravens have four quality RBs in Mark Ingram, Zac Edwards, Justice Hill and J.K. Dobbins, but Jackson's running ability can open up holes in defenses for anyone and will certainly be part of the game plan this season. But there is also a fine line with wanting to keep Jackson healthy.
Hill is among the Raven players with "soft tissue things" as HC John Harbaugh put it the other day. It's not believed to be serious but it's a tough competition for carries behind Ingram in a crowded backfield. It could especially benefit Dobbins, the rookie.
Jackson missed two straight practices and head coach John Harbaugh said on Sunday that the reigning NFL MVP was one of a group of players dealing with “soft tissue things.”
Harbaugh declined to go into any further detail of the quarterback’s condition, but he was back on the field Monday so there may not have been much more to say about the situation. Reports said it was a groin injury for Jackson.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson has missed the past two training camp practices because of a groin injury, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The good news is Jackson is slated to return to action on Monday, sources said. After Sunday's practice, coach John Harbaugh described Jackson's injury as a "soft-tissue" one but wouldn't expand beyond that.