Posted: 8/16/2019 9:08 am UTC
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson chatted with Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers after the teams' preseason game Thursday, Aug. 15. 'Have a great season, man,' Rodgers said at the end of the conversation. 'Slide a little bit.'
Huddle Up: As a rookie last season, Jackson set a single-season NFL QB record with 147 rushing attempts and turned them into 695 yards and five TDs. Jackson's legs are the key part of Jackson's high-level QB2 fantasy standing, but Rodgers is right at the runs do put Jackson at a greater risk for injury. Bake that risk into your evaluation of Jackson.
Posted: 8/15/2019 7:08 pm UTC
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson completed six of his 10 pass attempts for 58 yards and rushed twice for 14 yards in a 26-13 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers Thursday, Aug. 15.
Huddle Up: Jackson had a solid night throwing the ball and made a couple of plays with his legs. His running ability alone will keep him in the QB1 mix, and if he progresses as a passer, he could emerge as a top-five fantasy option at his position as soon as this season.
Posted: 8/09/2019 4:08 pm UTC
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson says the offense the team ran Thursday, Aug. 8, in its 29-0 preseason win over the Jacksonville Jaguars won't resemble the attack the Ravens will display come the regular season. '(They're) not close at all,' Jackson said. 'We ran like a couple plays a lot. We really didn't show anything at all. It's going to be fun to watch though.'
Huddle Up: Despite the lopsided win, the Ravens only ran the ball 36 times, compared to 33 passing dropbacks. Working on his aerial game, Jackson was 4-of-6 for 59 yards and a TD while failing to log a rushing attempt. That will definitely balance out more come the real games, making Jackson a solid QB2 fantasy prospect.
Posted: 8/02/2019 6:08 pm UTC
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson told 'The Rich Eisen Show' on Thursday, Aug. 1, that he doesn't expect to carry the ball as much as during his rookie season when he set the NFL single-season record in 2018 for rushing attempts by a quarterback with 147 despite not making his first start until Week 11.
'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,' Jackson said.
Huddle Up: Earlier in the offseason, head coach John Harbaugh told NFL Network to "take the over" on Jackson when he was asked if he would beat Cam Newton's career high in rush attempts (139). Even if Jackson ends up being correct, Baltimore should easily exceed 500 carries as a team once again, and he's going to need to be a big part of that. If he's made noticeable strides as a passer, he has high-end QB1 potential.
Posted: 7/08/2019 2:07 am UTC
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson ranked 31st in passer rating (76.0) and 32nd in completion rate (55.1 percent) on third downs last season.
Huddle Up: Jackson was expected to need some time to develop, but another year of experience and several new targets could help Jackson take a step forward as a passer in 2019. His rushing ability should keep him in the QB1 mix regardless.
Posted: 6/13/2019 4:06 pm UTC
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson said Thursday, June 13, he might work with throwing coach Tom House before the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Jackson derived the bulk of his fantasy value from his legs last season while completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 1,201 yards, six TDs and three interceptions. Draft Jackson as a QB2 for now, any strides he makes with his passing will only push him toward QB1 range.
Posted: 5/31/2019 1:05 am UTC
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson 'is not going to be running 20 times a game' in 2019, according to owner Steve Bisciotti.
Huddle Up: While it is understandable that the Ravens want to keep Jackson from taking a beating, he isn't going to become a pure pocket passer any time soon. Jackson's dynamic running ability should keep him in the QB1 mix, even if he remains inconsistent throwing the ball.
Posted: 5/24/2019 2:05 pm UTC
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson struggled with his accuracy in organized team activities, and he especially had trouble in the red zone. Jackson showed increased velocity, but several of his passes wobbled through the air. Jackson has impressed with his work in the team's conditioning program this offseason.
Huddle Up: Jackson has tremendous upside due to his legs, but he's a work in progress through the air. The silver lining is he appears to be a hard worker, which provides hope for future development. Jackson is a midrange QB1 in fantasy.
Posted: 4/16/2019 4:04 pm UTC
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson said Tuesday, April 16, that his 2018 accuracy issues were the result of his mechanics breaking down while trying to the ball out. As a result, Jackson said he's been working on his mechanics and consistency this offseason.
Huddle Up: Jackson can use work in all aspects of the passing game after completing only 58.2 percent of his attempts and throwing for 1,114 yards in seven regular-season starts as a rookie. He's a high-end QB2 consideration, though, due to his monster rushing upside.
Posted: 2/20/2019 1:02 am UTC
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is expected to be the focal point of an offense that is undergoing a 'reimagining,' according to offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
'We're really looking at this as a completely new beginning as if we were a new staff. I think we have run an offense here that has been kind of morphed over the years, and we really want to start fresh, start new, and (with) everything from our language, our formations, how we do everything, rebuild the thing from the ground up. That's one angle. The other angle is really, how do we want to move forward with Lamar Jackson? He's a unique player with a unique skill set, so let's build an offense that really accommodates that, as opposed to try to fit him into something that other people had once done,' Roman told The Athletic.
Huddle Up: All six of Roman's offenses with San Francisco and Buffalo finished inside the top 10 in rushing attempts and yardage, so it would be a shock if an offense built around Jackson - a more dynamic athlete than Colin Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor - doesn't do the same. The trick will be to develop Jackson enough as a passer so defenses cannot load the box. So long as he can stay healthy, expect Jackson to be a high-upside fantasy QB1 in 2019.