|ADP:||Round: 5, Pick: 1|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 216 lb.|
|Born:||January 7, 1997|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 1 (32)|
Jackson has a new option in the passing game with Baltimore's recent addition of Sammy Watkins, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Analysis: Baltimore missed out on the top-of-market receivers, instead bringing in Watkins after two weeks of free agency. The signing isn't likely to revolutionize the Ravens offense, but Watkins should at least pose more of a downfield threat than Willie Snead, who recently left Baltimore to sign with Las Vegas. While Watkins now joins Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews as the Ravens' main receiving threats, Jackson could get another weapon from the NFL Draft at the end of April.
Coach John Harbaugh said he is "totally certain" the Ravens will sign Jackson (concussion) to an extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: While his 2020 campaign wasn't nearly as impressive as his MVP effort in 2019, the 24-year-old QB led Baltimore to the playoffs for a third straight year, improving his record to 30-9-0 as a starter in the regular season. Jackson's status as a first-round pick allows the Ravens to extend his rookie contract through 2022 with a fifth-year option, which means the extension Harbaugh is promising may not actually get done until next year. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the team will at least start that conversation this offseason.
The Ravens and Jackson (concussion) are expected to begin discussions regarding a contract extension this offseason, Ryan Mink & Joe Schiller of the team's official site report.
Analysis: The Ravens are first expected to lock up Jackson's services through the 2022 season by picking up his fifth-year option, at which point discussions will turn toward a more long-term extension. The 2018 first-round pick has delivered a playoff berth in each of his three seasons as under center in Baltimore, in addition to earning the NFL's MVP award in 2019. There's plenty of recent precedent for young franchise players signing long-term deals, with Patrick Mahomes (10-year, $503 million) and Deshaun Watson (four-year, $156 million) both having inked their lucrative deals as they were headed into their fourth season, just as Jackson is now.
Jackson suffered a concussion and won't return to Saturday's divisional-round game at Buffalo.
Analysis: The 2018 first-round pick suffered the concussion on the last play of the third quarter when his head hit the ground hard while being tackled after a desperation throwaway. Jackson completed 14 of 24 passes for 162 yards with one interception and rushed nine times for 34 yards before leaving the contest. Replacement quarterback Tyler Huntley will need to overcome a 17-3 deficit with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter if the Ravens are to advance to the AFC Championship Game.
Jackson left Saturday's divisional-round game against the Bills to be evaluated for a concussion.
Analysis: The 24-year-old had to chase down an erratic snap on the final play of the third quarter, and his head hit the ground hard while being tackled on a desperation throwaway. It's a disaster scenario for the Ravens, which comes only a couple plays after Taron Johnson picked off Jackson in the end zone and returned it 101 yards for a touchdown. Tyler Huntley will try to engineer a comeback for Baltimore if Jackson is unable to retake the field.
Jackson completed 17 of 24 passes for 179 yards and an interception, but rushed 16 times for 136 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-13 wild-card win over the Titans.
Analysis: Jackson earned the first playoff victory of his career with a stellar performance on the ground. The signal-caller came up big on a third-and-nine late in the second quarter, turning the jets on to score from 48 yards. That play helped compensate for a badly underthrown interception earlier. With the weight of securing a postseason win now off his shoulders, Jackson will turn his attention to the AFC divisional round, where his opponent is yet to be determined.
Jackson completed 10 of 18 pass attempts for 113 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Ravens' Week 17 win over the Bengals. He added 11 rushes for 97 yards.
Analysis: Jackson torched the Bengals with both his arm and legs, completing touchdowns of 43, 18 and nine yards. He also ripped off four runs of 10 yards or more, surpassing 1,000 rushing yards for the second consecutive season. Though Jackson wasn't able to replicate his exceptionally efficient 2019 campaign from a touchdown perspective, he still managed to top 35 total touchdowns. He'll look to earn a playoff victory next, something he failed to do in the 2019 season.
Jackson completed 17 of 26 passes for 183 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Ravens' 27-13 win over the Giants on Sunday. He also rushed 13 times for 80 yards and lost a fumble.
Analysis: Save for his lost fumble, Jackson played an integral role in the two-score victory, connecting with Marquise Brown and Dez Bryant for his scoring tosses and checking in with the second-most rushing yards on the afternoon for the Ravens. Jackson has now thrown multiple touchdowns in three of the past four games, and he's now gained at least 80 yards on the ground on three occasions during that sample as well. Jackson will look to put together a strong finish to his season and secure a playoff berth for Baltimore in a Week 17 road battle against the Bengals.
Jackson completed 17 of 22 pass attempts for 243 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Week 15 against the Jaguars. He added 35 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Analysis: Jackson got off to a poor start by throwing an interception on the Ravens' first offensive possession. However, he had little trouble producing from there, connecting for passing scores four, 11 and three yards to three different receivers. For the third straight week, Jackson also found the end zone with his legs. While Jackson has failed to show the same upside of 2019 for much of the 2020 season, he now has at least three total touchdowns in each of his last three contests. He'll draw a Week 16 matchup against the Giants.
Jackson completed 11 of 17 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 47-42 win over the Browns. He also rushed nine times for 124 yards and two scores.
Analysis: Jackson was sensational in a thrilling divisional encounter that saw him play hero. After rushing into the end zone twice during the first half and leading Baltimore to a 14-point advantage early in the third quarter, Jackson was suddenly forced to the locker room while dealing with cramps. He remained unavailable until backup Trace McSorley went down prior to a fourth-and-five with under two minutes remaining and the Ravens down by a score. In his first play back on the field, Jackson scrambled before tossing a dramatic 44-yard touchdown to Marquise Brown, then answered Cleveland's ensuing touchdown drive by setting up the game's winning field goal. Overall, it was a remarkable display by the signal-caller, who rushed for a season high while posting his best quarterback rating since Week 1. After Monday's triumphant performance, Jackson is now gifted with a Week 15 matchup against the Jaguars, whose defense has surrendered the most yards league-wide this season.
Jackson (cramps) returned to Monday's contest against the Browns, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Jackson was in the locker room for much of the fourth quarter, but he managed to come back into the game with two minutes to play, immediately after Trace McSorley went down with a knee injury.
Jackson is questionable to return to Monday's game against the Browns due to cramps.
Analysis: Jackson was spotted heading to the locker room early in the fourth quarter, and the team reported shortly after that he's dealing with cramps. With Robert Griffin on injured reserve, Trace McSorley would take over under center if Jackson is unable to continue.
Jackson completed 12 of 17 pass attempts for 107 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, adding 94 yards and a rushing TD over 13 carries during Tuesday's 34-17 win against Dallas.
Analysis: After being unable to participate in last Wednesday's loss to the Steelers because of his presence on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the 2019 MVP returned to action with his first three-TD performance since facing Washington in Week 4. Jackson threw an interception off the hands of Marquise Brown to close Baltimore's opening offensive possession of the night, but he responded by capping the Ravens' subsequent seven-play drive with a 37-yard TD run through the gut of Dallas' defense. The 23-year-old would add second and third-quarter scoring strikes through the air, pushing his 2020 TD:INT to 17:7. Jackson doesn't have a single outing over 275 yards for the Ravens' 31st-ranked pass offense, but he's again on a prolific pace with 669 rushing yards and four rushing TDs heading into a Week 14 road trip to Cleveland.
Jackson is active for Tuesday's game against the Cowboys.
Analysis: Following a week-and-a-half stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Jackson will be back in action for the first time since Nov. 22 against the Titans. With the 12th-ranked Dallas pass defense on the other side and without two of their top receiving weapons -- Mark Andrews and Willie Snead remain on the COVID list -- the Ravens may ride an intact backfield and Jackson's legs for most of this Week 13 contest.
The Ravens activated Jackson (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.
Analysis: Jackson will now be eligible to rejoin teammates at Baltimore's facilities, and the transactions puts him on track to start Tuesday's game against the Cowboys. The Ravens may have some concerns that Jackson will be rusty after having been away from the team for a week and a half, but if he participates in Monday's walk-through practice it'll at least give him the benefit of some reps ahead of a favorable matchup against Dallas. On the other hand, two of Jackson's favorite targets remain on the COVID list, in the form of Mark Andrews (illness) and Willie Snead (illness).
The Ravens are expected to activate Jackson (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list and have him start Tuesday against the Cowboys, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Jackson is first eligible to return from the list Sunday, so assuming he's negative for COVID-19 in his latest round of testing, the Ravens should add him back to the 53-man roster later in the day. Though Jackson won't have the benefit of any practice time ahead of Tuesday's contest, the Ravens presumably view the reigning MVP as a better solution under center than second-year quarterback Trace McSorley, who has only two games of NFL experience under his belt. While the matchup versus Dallas is a favorable one, Jackson may have to make do without two of his top targets in tight end Mark Andrews and wideout WIllie Snead, both of whom remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list as of Sunday.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Jackson (illness) is eligible to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday.
Analysis: The timing is key for Jackson, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 26. Sunday will mark 11 days since then, and he'll have two more days to ready himself for Tuesday's game against the Cowboys. On Thursday, coach John Harbaugh noted any decision to activate Jackson is dependent on the medical staff and not his office, so the quarterback still needs to pass the necessary protocols in order to return Week 13. The Ravens placed backup QB Robert Griffin (thigh) on injured reserve Friday, leaving Trace McSorley as the only signal-caller on the active roster. If Jackson doesn't pass the necessary hurdles, McSorley would be in line for his first career start.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh admitted that he was unsure if Jackson (illness) would be cleared to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of the team's next game Tuesday against the Cowboys, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Jackson is believed to be recovering well since he was revealed to have tested positive for the coronavirus Nov. 26, but Harbaugh reiterated that a timeline for the quarterback's return to the roster will be a medical decision and not a coaching one. Assuming Jackson began quarantining immediately after his positive test, he would be eligible to return to the team in 10 days if his subsequent tests return negative. In that case, Jackson could rejoin the active roster Dec. 7, one day before the Ravens' matchup with Dallas. Should Jackson be forced to miss a second straight game, the Ravens would have to decide on a starting quarterback between Robert Griffin (hamstring) and Trace McSorley, both of whom saw action in Wednesday's 19-14 loss to the Steelers.
Jackson (illness) has been officially placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.
Analysis: Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Jackson's positive COVID-19 test came up during Thursday's round of testing. With that timing in mind, the QB won't play in Tuesday's rescheduled game against the Steelers, but it's plausible that Jackson could be cleared in time for Week 13 action, with Baltimore now slated to face Dallas on Dec. 7. Robert Griffin is in line to draw the start at QB in place of Jackson this coming Tuesday.
The Ravens are now scheduled to play the Steelers on Tuesday night, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: This will be the second time that the contest has been postponed following the placement of multiple Baltimore players on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Per ESPN.com, Jackson is also among those in the Ravens organization who have tested positive for COVID in the past week. He's now reportedly quarantining for 10 days and it's expected that he'll be officially added to the reserve/COVID-19 list later Friday. In his looming absence, Robert Griffin is slated to start at QB for the Ravens on Tuesday, assuming the game takes place.
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