Thursday, June 20, 2019

Iowa football: Marshal Yanda standing the test of time

by Andrew Wade 17 hours ago

Marshal Yanda is entering his 13th season with the Baltimore Ravens and the former Iowa football player doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

At the ripe age of 34, most offensive linemen have maybe one or two years left, but after starting all 16 games, making the Pro Bowl and being named a Second Team All-Pro, former Iowa football player Marshal Yanda isn’t showing signs of slowing down. And if the Baltimore Ravens want to be successful running the ball and protecting Lamar Jackson in 2019, they will need their anchor on the interior offensive line to continue his steady ways.
Last year, coming off an injury that derailed his entire 2017 season, Yanda was rated the 4th best guard in all of football according to Pro Football Focus with a rating of 75.2.
This season, Yanda will be gunning for his 8th Pro Bowl selection and seventh All-pro selection, and he will be doing it with a second-year dual-threat quarterback behind him and a freshly signed Mark Ingram.
The Ravens are talented, but they will need the big men up front to get the run game going so it gives Jackson some room to work the play action and get him out of the pocket. For Yanda, this could be his final go around.
With just two years remaining on his contract, Yanda will be 36 before he starts his next contract, so there is a good chance we could see the Iowa football player call it quits and hang it up at that point unless he continues to not age and instead, dominates competition that is nearly 10 years younger than him.
At this point, nothing would surprise me with Yanda, a former third-round pick who was a steal for the Ravens and managed to become the highest-earning active Iowa football player in the NFL.
My prediction is Yanda starts all 16 games but does show signs of aging, yet he will remain one of the top-15 guards in the league.

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