Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson led the entire league in touchdown passes last year but Ravens team reporter has his receiving core ranked last in the AFC North division. Karpovich breaks down the Ravens' receivers assesses how successful they can be next season.
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Madelyn Burke: In a pass, heavy NFL Baltimore is bringing back the run with an offense tailored around a record-setting ground attack, despite having Willie Seed and Hollywood Brown in the receiving chorus. I Ravens reporter Todd Karpovich says the Ravens wide receivers rank lowest in the AFC North. Todd, does it make it more impressive with that quantification what Lamar Jackson is doing in Baltimore?
Todd Karpovich: Certainly does. They ran the ball a league-high five hundred ninety-six times last year and attempted four hundred forty passes. Lamar Jackson had the most touchdowns of any quarterback. So he has some weapons. And I think he'll use them more this year. I think Lamar Jackson said earlier this offseason that he will do whatever he needs to do to win games. But ideally, he wants to get the bulls in the hands of his playmakers a little more and take fewer hits. And maybe the Ravens have a more aerial attack this year.
Madelyn Burke: And speaking of playmakers, earlier this week, Sneed compared Lamar Jackson and Hollywood Brown to Joe Montana and Jerry Rice saying, quote, "I think these two are going to set their own mark in history, considering they're both young, talented guys on this field." How good, how high is their ceiling?
Todd Karpovich: Well, Marquise Brown is huge because he was never 100 percent last year because he was dealing with a foot injury and he had a screw in it. And he kind of laughed when his teammates would marvel at his speed because he said he wasn't even 100%. So we're going to see a different Hollywood Brown this year. You know, Lamar Jackson already has a connection. Of course, we've seen the work. Yes, those two in Florida already. And Antonio Brown was also part of his workouts earlier. But you're going to see a Hollywood Brown this year, a different Hollywood Brown that could put up some maybe Pro Bowl numbers.
Madelyn Burke: Raven reporter Todd Karpovich, thanks so much for the insight. Thank you.
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