Billick: Lamar Jackson, Ravens RBs Will Do Something We've Never Seen

LISTEN: NFL Analyst And Former Head Coach Joins Tiki & Tierney

Tiki and Tierney
September 05, 2019 - 10:05 am
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium

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Lamar Jackson is poised for stardom in his first full season as the Baltimore Ravens' starting quarterback. 

Jackson took over the starting role from Joe Flacco, who was traded to Denver signaling a new era for the organization. Baltimore looks to claim its second straight division crown after finishing atop of the AFC North at 10-6 last year. Former Ravens head coach Brian Billick and NFL Analyst Brian Billick has been impressed with what he's seen from the second-year quarterback heading into the regular season.

Billick joined Tiki & Tierney ahead of Baltimore's season-opening matchup against the Dolphins on Sunday

"I did their preseason game so I got to watch a lot of Lamar Jackson," Billick said. "The unique thing about this situation, the Ravens may or may not - depending upon if he stays healthy - do something we've never seen before in terms of the running game they're going to generate with Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards. Remember last year, in just seven games [Jackson> ran the ball 140 times. Over 16 games, he'll average 360 carries on the year. That's a quarterback, man!

"There was only one 300-plus carry guy in the league last year and that was Ezekiel Elliott. Now, they're not going to do that. But I will tell you this, I asked [Ravens coach> John Harbaugh flat out. I said '2017; Cam Newton ran the ball 139 times. Over/Under for Lamar?' He said, 'Oh over, by a lot.' So does that mean 160, 180, 190, 200 carries? If they do that and that's a big if, if he stays healthy - and yeah, he'll probably throw the ball about 400 times - they'll run close to 3,000 yards. And you've got Mark Ingram if he approaches 240 carries like he did his best year in the league."

Jackson's offensive prowess already put teams on notice. In the team's preseason win against the Packers on Aug. 15, Jackson burned the Packers' defense for a 28-yard touchdown run. He cut through the defense before leaping over a defender, highlighting his incredible elusiveness. Billick reiterates that Ravens' opponents are going to ready for the mobile quarterback.

"Now, the big if, if you stay healthy," Billick said. "He's thrown the ball a little bit better. They're going to try to get him outside the pocket.  People are going to load the box 8, 9 people. They're not going to let him outside the tackle box. They're going to hit him every chance they can and make him beat them from the pocket."

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