Perhaps it was good that Lamar Jackson was drafted by Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens have no intention of starting Jackson at any time, not with Joe Flacco on the quarterback, and it seems that Jackson could spend extra time. Jackson has played three preseason games, including the Hall of Fame game, and it has not been too beautiful. It seems that he needs time to develop.
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Jackson has dazzled with a few runs, although he has also taken too many hits. The real issue for Jackson has been his passing, and he acknowledged that he is fighting for Monday's match against Indianapolis Colts.
Lamar Jackson admits he has not played well
Jackson finished 7-of-15 passing 49 meters against Colts before Robert Griffin III came in. He had a difficult start, but he got better when the night went on.
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Jackson threw a nice touchdown rolling into right and beat Chris Moore with a perfect strike for a 7-yard score. It was clearly the highlight, and it showed what he could. Rav's coach John Harbaugh kept optimism after the match.
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Jackson behind the second first round of QBs so far
The other four first-quarter quarterbacks taken before Jackson have all played quite well this preseason. That makes Jackson's battles stand out a bit.
Jackson's preeseason line is rough. He has completed 18-in-43 passports (41.9 percent) for 201 meters. It's a bad 4.7 meter per try. He has not yet completed 50 percent of his passports in any of his three games.
Jackson was an exciting player in Louisville and much criticism he received before the draft was unfair. But even for those who hope Jackson succeeds – it would be a lot of fun if the dynamic playmaking ability he showed at Louisville was transferred to NFL – it has certainly looked so bad. But it's really, really early in his career.
Jackson will have time to develop
There are things working against Jackson. He talked about keeping warm while waiting for the conversation to replace Flacco, and that's an unusual situation. Jackson is used to being a starter and he does not have to worry about going into regular season games in the middle of the second quarter. Jackson has also worked with backup, which does not help. It is also worth remembering that he is a rookie.
It's time for Jackson to work at his game. His preseason match can get Ravens to hold three quarterbacks instead of two this season, but it's far too early to draw conclusions from a big picture of three previous preseason performances. It probably means there will be less clamoring for Jackson if Flacco struggles at all during this regular season. It seems clear that it is best if Jackson gets what corresponds to a redshirt year. It's probably good that he went to a team that did not intend to start him right away.
We are just three pre-season players in what hopefully is a long career for Jackson. We do not know what the finished product will look like. But through these three pre-season games we see that he has some things to work on.
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