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Three Questions About the Ravens as Training Camp Gets Closer

Following a season in which the Ravens went 10-6 and won the AFC North before losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Chargers, there’s a level of excitement about the team as 2019 approaches.

Now that the calendar has turned to July, the start of training camp is closing in and things are ramping up for the franchise to get ready for 2019.

Today we take a quick look at three questions about this team as they get set to embark on what they hope will be a season playing into early February.

1. Can Jackson Take the Next Step?

There’s been tons of questions about if Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson can become a solid NFL starting quarterback in his second season.

There’s plenty that think learning the offense is going to be a major issue, maybe the biggest of camp, and others that feel he will get to anxious in the pocket and run the ball too much.

Jackson has got to have a strong camp both in the classroom and on the field, and he’s got to mesh with OC Marty Mornhinweg to be a force for this team.

If not, it could be a long season for the Ravens.

2. How Much Will the Free Agent Defections Hurt?

The Ravens lost a lot this offseason, as they not only traded QB Joe Flacco, but also the defense lost two of its leaders in the departures of Terrell Suggs (Arizona Cardinals), C.J. Mosley (New York Jets) and Za’Darius Smith (Green Bay Packers).

Who will be the vocal leader of this team is a huge question mark, and how the defense overcomes the losses of both Suggs and Mosley remains to be seen.

Signing CB Justin Bethel will help the defensive backfield, but the biggest signing was that of safety Earl Thomas, who could be the new voice of this team.

3. Can the Run Game Repeat 2018?

The club inked Mark Ingram to add to a backfield that averaged 4.5 yards per carry a season ago, and that also includes Jackson running from the quarterback spot.

Ingram, Gus Edwards, Alex Collins and Jackson can all break the big play at a moments notice, and last season it was the run game that saved this team when they needed it.

In their last seven regular season games the Ravens ran for over 200 yards five times, including a 296-yard effort against Cleveland in the regular season finale.

When the run game is at its best, this team will be tough to beat.

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