1) The Ravens legitimately reckoned with their future.
Lamar Jackson is a classic high-risk, high-reward player. He was the most exciting player in college football the past two years and widely regarded as the best all-around athlete in the draft, even though he declined to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine.
But for Jackson to make good on his vast potential, the Ravens will have to tailor their system around his skills rather than jam him into the mold Joe Flacco has forged over the past 10 years. And they’ll have to do it while still trying to win with Flacco as their starter.
It’s a tall order for any team, much less one that’s...