Ravens QB Lamar Jackson counters John Harbaugh, expects to run less this season
In his Lamar Jackson’s first year in the league, he put together the most rushing attempts by a quarterback with 147. That’s an average of 17 carries per game from the seven games he started and the few others that he was featured for special packages.
His talents in rushing the ball are something that is so well known that the Ravens’ offense is being designed around his athleticism. And when reporters asked Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh if Jackson will be running the ball more, the Ravens coach said, “take the over.”
However, on an appearance on the Rich Eisen Podcast, the second-year quarterback believes that he won’t be running the ball as much in 2019.
“I’ve put on weight. But I don’t think I’ll be running as much as I did last year,” Jackson said per Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “There were a lot of [run-pass options] and a lot of sudden changes in last year’s game. This will be totally different.”
Jackson isn’t the only one from the Ravens organization that feels the same way. In May, owner Steve Bisciotti told Ravens season-ticket holders that he expects Jackson not to run as much, saying, “I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised that Lamar is not going to be running 20 times a game.”
It’s a big step in the right direction for a quarterback that many questioned his ability as a passer. Jackson is looking to take the next step with his game while still utilizing his athletic play as a runner so that he can get the advantage over the opposing defenses.