Ravens QB Lamar Jackson says team’s offense this year will be ‘totally different’

first_imgRavens coach John Harbaugh made headlines earlier this week by suggesting Jackson might run the ball more than 139 times in 2019, but Jackson countered that notion Thursday on “The Rich Eisen Show.”“Absolutely. I put on weight,” Jackson said (via ESPN.com) when asked if he could replicate the last season’s rushing production. “But I don’t think I’ll be running as much as I did last year. There were a lot of (run-pass options) and a lot of sudden changes in last year’s game. This will be totally different.” Related News Andrew Luck injury update: Colts QB (calf) remains off field but is ‘getting some work’ Jackson declined to go into detail about Baltimore’s new-and-improved offensive approach though.“I can’t talk about it,” Jackson said. “Each and every day we’re looking better and better in what we’re doing, whether it’s RPO, running the ball with our backs, or the pass game, it’s all looking incredible right now. But you’re going to have to see when it’s game time. Practice is going to be practice; games are going to be games.”Should we “take the over” on @Lj_era8 rushing attempts this #NFL season, like John Harbaugh suggested?The @Ravens QB wasn’t exactly giving away the game plan: pic.twitter.com/r0TZnV6uAH— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) August 1, 2019Jackson has completed 99 of his 170 career NFL passing attempts for 1,201 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions. It’s safe to say that the Ravens will try to even things out and monitor the volume of his rushes moving forward, as he was among the league leaders in fumbles (12) in 2018. He fumbled in nine games last season.”I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised that Lamar is not going to be running 20 times a game,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in May. “That’s not what this offense is about.” It appears Baltimore could have some serious changes on the way offensively, according second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson.Jackson, 22, set a single-season NFL record for quarterback rushing attempts last year, with 147. He reached that mark despite starting only seven games as a rookie (though he played in all 16).center_img Broncos’ Drew Lock calls debut against Falcons a ‘learning game’ Baltmiore traded Joe Flacco to the Broncos to make room for Jackson to shine and added Mark Ingram to the backfield this offseason. It also signed star safety Earl Thomas to a four-year deal to bolster its defense.Jackson adding a new dimension to his game could help the Ravens win the AFC North for a second consecutive season and push them deeper into the playoffs. They were eliminated by the Chargers in the first round last postseason.last_img read more


City of Chicago Gives Nonprofit Food Desert Buses Another Go

first_imgShare8TweetShare1Email9 SharesJuly 21, 2015; WLS-AM (Chicago, IL)In Chicago, Growing Power will employ an out-of-service transit bus to bring a mobile market complete with affordable fresh fruits and vegetables to food desert communities on the South and West sides.This is not the first repurposing of the bus, which apparently used to be a bookmobile. And it is not the first time Mayor Rahm Emanuel has attempted to make a go of it with this idea.The Chicago Tribune described the history of the effort this way:“In June 2012, the mayor stood with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in front of a shiny red bus to announce a federal grant for two produce buses operating under the ‘Fresh Moves’ moniker while promising to secure funds for four more of the vehicles. Instead, a year and a half later the two Fresh Moves buses were permanently parked with the foundation that ran them, Food Desert Action, reporting a loss of $51,502 on produce sales in 2011 and a loss of $185,520 in 2012.”But the project is now under new management with Growing Power, a year-round urban garden in the city. Erika Allen, GP’s director, says that what will be different between the previous failed attempt and this one will be that the food that will be sold will be locally grown. Fuel and maintenance for the bus will be provided by the city during the first year of the program.—Ruth McCambridgeShare8TweetShare1Email9 Shareslast_img read more