Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman believes Jackson is gifted in terms of vision and instincts but still has work to do when it comes to passing fundamentals, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. "I think fundamentally is where [Jackson's] going to need to put most of his work," Roman said. "I think where to throw the ball and seeing guys open, I think those are things that he naturally has."
Roman was promoted within the organization to replace Marty Mornhinweg, who led the successful transition to an offense based around read-option runs after Jackson replaced Joe Flacco at quarterback. The Ravens believe Roman can build on that success with the help of more sophisticated run designs, as his offenses finished eighth, fourth, third, fourth and first in the NFL for rushing yards in his five full seasons as a coordinator, per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. Roman is best known for his work with Colin Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor -- mobile quarterbacks who became efficient passers in run-heavy offenses. The Ravens envision the same thing for Jackson, though he may have a difficult learning curve ahead while Roman installs new terminology and plays.
Coach John Harbaugh said last week that Jackson will remain the Ravens' top signal-caller heading into the 2019 season, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. "I know Joe [Flacco] is going to do really well. I mean, Lamar is our quarterback going forward -- no question about that," Harbaugh said.
Jackson took over for an injured Flacco as the Ravens' starting quarterback in Week 11, bringing with him a new-look, run-heavy offensive attack that guided the team to wins in six of its final seven contests of the regular season. Unfortunately, Jackson couldn't keep the momentum going in the Jan. 6 wild-card round loss to the Chargers, completing only 14 of 29 passes for 194 yards and adding 54 yards on the ground while throwing an interception and losing one of his three fumbles. The rookie at least bounced back from a rough first half to nearly engineer a comeback win, with that performance coupled with his previous body of work giving the Ravens enough confidence to proceed with him atop the depth chart. Harbaugh essentially admitted that the Ravens will part ways this offseason with Flacco, whom the coach noted is "going to have a market" whether he's traded or released.
Jackson completed 14 of 29 passes for 194 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Ravens' 23-17 wild-card loss to the Chargers on Sunday. He also rushed nine times for 54 yards but had three fumbles, losing one.
Jackson had a postseason effort befitting a rookie making only his eighth professional start: plenty of miscues and missed throws, along with some dazzling plays that almost led to an improbable comeback. The 2018 first-round pick was largely ineffective for the first three quarters, leading to speculation that veteran Joe Flacco could be inserted at any moment. However, Jackson came to life midway through the final period, leading marches of 75 and 80 yards that culminated with touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree. He had an opportunity to put the finishing touches on the fourth-quarter surge, but he committed his third and most costly fumble of the day, getting the ball knocked out of his hands at his own 38-yard line with 28 seconds remaining. Melvin Ingram scooped up the fumble and sealed the wild-card upset for the Chargers in the process, putting an end to Jackson's rookie campaign and the Ravens' season. The dynamic 21-year-old finished the regular season with 1,201 passing yards and a 6:3 TD:INT, along with 695 rushing yards and another five scores on the ground.
Jackson completed 14 of his 24 pass attempts for 179 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Sunday's 26-24 win over the Browns. He also added 90 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
Jackson turned in one of his better passing performances of the season, averaging 7.46 yards per attempt -- his third-highest mark as the starter. However, that paled in comparison to his impact on the ground, as he found the end zone twice and also had a third would-be touchdown called back for holding. While there is reasonable concern about Jackson's ability to stay healthy given his heavy workload on the ground, he has proven to be a competent passer and dangerous rusher through seven career starts. The Ravens should grow more comfortable opening up the playbook for him in his second season, only increasing his fantasy ceiling.
Jackson completed 12 of 22 pass attempts for 204 yards and a touchdown, adding 39 rushing yards on 13 carries in Saturday's 22-10 win over the Chargers.
Jackson eclipsed the 200-yard mark for the first time this year on the back of a beautiful 68-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews. The athletic quarterback's completion percentage still hovered around 50 percent (58 percent on the year), and he missed a few routine pass attempts. It has become apparent that the rookie has an erratic arm, but anything he can do in the air complements what he can gain on the ground. That said, Jackson's best passing performance to date was accompanied by his lowest rushing output since becoming the starter. Still, the overall result has to be considered a net win for fantasy owners. Barring an undisclosed injury, Jackson will lead the Ravens' offense in a crucial Week 17 matchup with the Browns.
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