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Mark Ingram signing gives Ravens a three-headed monster in the backfield

Jesse Reed
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The Baltimore Ravens are making moves this Wednesday. After agreeing to sign Earl Thomas to a big contract, they’re also landing running back Mark Ingram.

Ian Rapoport noted the deal is a three-year contract worth $15 million.

What it means: Just as signing Thomas should do big things for Baltimore’s defense, the Ingram deal should provide the offense with a huge boost.

  • Baltimore is completely revamping the offense this offseason to fit the unique skill set of second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson.
  • Providing Jackson with a veteran back like Ingram fits right in line with the needs of the new offensive approach.

What Ingram brings to the table: The former Heisman Trophy winner has emerged in recent years as a premier power back who can also make plays in the passing game.

  • Since 2013, Ingram has averaged no less than 4.3 yards per carry each season.
  • Since that time, he’s tallied 4,931 yards on 1,043 carries, an average of 4.73 yards per tote.
  • Additionally, Ingram has hauled in 211 receptions for 1,531 yards and five touchdowns.
  • Better still, despite his age (29), Ingram has shouldered a relatively light workload for most of his career and still has plenty left in the tank.

What the offense will look like: Ingram joins second-year star Gus Edwards in the same backfield as Jackson, who is one of the most exciting dual-threat quarterbacks in the league today.

Here’s a look at what all three players did on the ground last year:

  • Ingram: 645 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and six touchdowns
  • Edwards: 718 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and two touchdowns
  • Jackson: 695 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and five touchdowns

Put it all together and that’s quite a potent backfield.

Look for offensive coordinator Greg Roman — known for his exotic running schemes, and for his work with mobile quarterbacks — to put together a run-centric scheme this year that will methodically wear down defenses. He will stress linebackers with stretch plays, screens and misdirection, forcing them to cover every inch from sideline to sideline.