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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson hasn’t resembled his MVP self this season, and it goes beyond his off-the-mark throws, missing open receivers and locking onto his favorite targets.
The NFL’s best dual threat has become a more one-dimensional quarterback. Jackson is averaging a career-low 8.2 rushing attempts per game after running the ball just twice in Sunday’s 27-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Last season, Jackson kept drives alive and defenses on their heels when he broke into the open field, unleashing spin moves and jukes for highlight-reel runs. But the designed runs have dipped this year, along with Jackson’s propensity to scramble from the pocket.
The Ravens have had Lamar Jackson run less this season thus far, and he’s fine with that as long as they keep winning. AP Photo/Nick Wass
Jackson has run the ball less than eight times in five career games, and three of them have come in the first five games this season.
“We’re winning, so it really don’t matter,” Jackson said of his decreased running. “We’re 4-1. It’s a plus for us right now.”
Baltimore is off to its best start since its 2012 Super Bowl season, but