Ravens head coach John Harbaugh hasn't revealed whether Jackson or Robert Griffin is the primary backup to starting quarterback Joe Flacco, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. The Ravens are carrying three quarterbacks into Week 1 for the first time since 2009, creating some question as to whether Jackson or Griffin would enter a game in the event of a Flacco injury. Jackson is listed in the second spot on the depth chart, but it seems like an odd decision to keep 28-year-old Griffin on the roster as a third stringer. It's equally unclear if the Ravens will follow through on their offseason idea to give Jackson a few snaps per game in special packages designed to take advantage of his running ability. There may not have clarity on the situation until the aftermath of Sunday's opener against Buffalo.
Jackson will enter the season as Baltimore's No. 3 quarterback behind Joe Flacco and Robert Griffin, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. Jackson had three rushing TDs during the preseason and improved as a passer the last two weeks, but it seems the Ravens are more comfortable entering the season with a veteran backup. This may also end the discussion about gadget plays involving Jackson, as teams usually don't keep their No. 3 QB active on game days. It still isn't totally out of the question for Jackson to make starts during his rookie season, especially if the Ravens fall out of playoff contention.
Jackson completed nine of 15 passes for 109 yards and took three carries for 25 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason finale against Washington. Jackson played the entire first half and led the Ravens to 13 points on five drives. He's looked much better as a passer the last two weeks, after completing just 11 of 28 attempts through the first two games of the preseason. He finishes the exhibition slate 34-of-68 passing for 408 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, with 23 carries for 136 yards and three more scores. The completion rate (50.0) is far below NFL standards, but the Ravens didn't have any trouble scoring points when Jackson was on the field. The rookie has a real shot to open the season as Baltimore's No. 2 QB ahead of Robert Griffin.
Jackson completed seven of 10 passes for 98 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Ravens' 27-10 preseason win over the Dolphins on Saturday. He also rushed three times for 39 yards and another score. Coach John Harbaugh took the opportunity of giving his first-round pick a solid allotment of playing time in what was supposed to be the team's dress rehearsal for the regular season, and Jackson responded with his sharpest performance as a passer yet. The rookie started the second half and immediately oversaw a five-play, 84-yard drive that culminated with a 65-yard touchdown run by De'Lance Turner. Jackson then contributed a 19-yard scoring scamper himself two possessions later, and he finished his night with a 21-yard touchdown pass to DeVier Posey. Although he'll start the season as Joe Flacco's backup and still needs plenty of seasoning as a dropback passer, Jackson possesses the talent to overtake the veteran in time.
Jackson completed seven of 15 attempts for 49 yards and a touchdown while playing six series in Monday night's 20-19 win over the Colts in the third preseason game. He also rushed four times for 26 yards. Jackson continues to be a work in progress from inside the pocket, particularly on throws outside the numbers. While he again completed less than half of his attempts, Jackson did find Chris Moore for a seven-yard touchdown on a rollout pass. As expected, he also offered some sizzle running the ball when nothing else was open. Overall, Jackson still looks pretty raw as a passer, but maintains a knack for making plays outside of the pocket.
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