Lamar Jackson won’t be as aggressive of a runner in 2019.
While speaking Wednesday on a conference call, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said the team will look to build around the second-year quarterback and decrease his rushing attempts this season in order to keep him safe and healthy.
“I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised that Lamar is not going to be running 20 times a game,” Bisciotti said, via ESPN. “That’s not what this offense is about.”
Jackson started the final seven games in 2018 after veteran Joe Flacco went down with a hip injury, winning six of those games as the Ravens claimed their first AFC North title since 2012. He ended up setting an NFL record for quarterbacks by running 147 times for an average of 17 carries per game, which Bisciotti believes happened only because Baltimore was making a push for the playoffs.
Now that Flacco has been traded to the Broncos, the offense will be tailored to fit Jackson.
“Everything falls to Lamar,” Bisciotti said. “We believe in him. We believe he’s going to be great. He desires to be great. We will continue to build the team around his strengths, and he’ll continue to work on his weaknesses.”
New offensive coordinator Greg Roman said in February that the Ravens plan to alter their offense to revolve around Jackson.
“What’s it going to look like?” Roman said at the time in an appearance on the team’s podcast. “It’s going to look like how our players tell us it should look like. Obviously with Lamar at quarterback, it’s going to be tailored towards Lamar.”
Jackson, 22, completed 58.2 percent of his passes for 1,201 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions last season. He added an impressive 695 yards rushing for five more touchdowns.