Jackson played two offensive snaps Sunday and took one carry for 22 yards against the Titans.
It was a season-low snap count total for the rookie, but he still managed to impress with a season-long run of 22 yards. Jackson's run showed vision and patience in letting the play develop and he came up just shy of notching his first rushing touchdown. Joe Flacco's strong play to start the season has squashed any notion of Jackson supplanting him as the starter this year, so it seems Jackson will have a limited and highly specialized role for the time being.
Jackson completed one of four passes for 24 yards Sunday against the Bills and added seven carries for 39 yards.
The Ravens turned to Jackson in the third quarter after getting out to a 40-0 lead, but he also had five plays in the first half in which he was on the field with Joe Flacco, per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. "We wanted to establish him as a threat quickly, not a possible threat. We wanted him to go out there and make plays and generate plays for us," coach John Harbaugh said after the game. Jackson's main duty after taking over in the third quarter was to help run out the clock in a blowout, but his snaps in the first half suggest that he will be involved in the offense in some capacity moving forward. The Ravens have a quick turnaround before returning to action Thursday against the Bengals. Look for Jackson to get on the field in two-quarterback sets on occasion Week 2.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Jackson is "expected to be active" Sunday against the Bills.
Listed as the Ravens' No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, Jackson is all but guaranteed to suit up for his professional debut, but long-time QB Joe Flacco is in the way for regular touches. No matter, Rapoport relayed that the team has "several packages with Lamar Jackson at quarterback, not receiver, at this point...to keep a defense on its toes." Rapoport added that "we will see him [Jackson] in some form or fashion," which is an interesting development. During exhibition season, Jackson only averaged 6.0 yards per pass attempt with three touchdowns versus one interception, but his scrambling ability was on full display, as evidenced by 23 rushes for 136 yards and three TDs.
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 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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