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Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson

Quarterback #8
ADP:Round: 2, Pick: 5
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 216 lb.
College:Louisville
Age:23
Born:January 7, 1997
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 1 (32)
Draft Team:BAL

Lamar Jackson: Envisions less running

Jackson is aiming to run less and rely more on his arm moving forward, he said during a video conference with the Ravens on Tuesday.

Analysis: Jackson's video call covered plenty of ground, including his focus on the mental aspects of the game during the offseason considering the physical limitations in place due to COVID-19. The reigning MVP also alluded to a style change in the future in which he leans more on his weapons in the passing game and lets his running backs take the brunt of the rushing workload. "We're going to have even more receivers...We're going to be pretty good. I don't think I'll be running a lot," Jackson said. Jackson's athleticism makes him a nightmare to defend, but his career longevity will be extended if running is less of a staple in his game. He had 176 rushing attempts in 2019, which was nearly 70 more than the next highest number of rushes by a quarterback.

April 22, 2020 10:21 AM EST

Lamar Jackson: Named 2019 MVP

Jackson was named the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player on Saturday.

Analysis: Jackson was the runaway choice for league MVP, as he put together a fabulous sophomore season to lead the Ravens to a league-best 14-2 record. While things didn't go his way in the postseason, the electrifying athlete proved to be elite as both a passer and a runner, posting a 36:6 TD:INT through the air while setting a new record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,206 and adding seven touchdowns on the ground.

February 1, 2020 5:52 PM EST

Lamar Jackson: Massive yardage total in loss

Jackson completed 31 of 59 passes for 365 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the Ravens' 28-12 divisional-round loss to the Titans on Saturday. He also rushed 20 times for 143 yards and lost a fumble.

Analysis: From a fantasy perspective, Jackson could hardly have done more, as he complemented his typically stellar rushing numbers with equally impressive passing yardage. Jackson's tally through the air was actually a career best, but he ended up throwing a career-high 59 passes because the Ravens were unexpectedly behind for the entirety of the contest, often by more than one possession. The second-year quarterback's one fumble also led to a Tennessee touchdown, as he coughed up the ball at his own 19-yard line while being sacked by Jurrell Casey and then saw Derrick Henry throw a touchdown pass to Corey Davis on a trick play five plays later. The profoundly disappointing and abrupt ending aside, Jackson enjoyed a stellar season that is likely to culminate in the league MVP award, as he finished with 4,333 total yards (3,127 passing, NFL-record 1,206 rushing) and a 36:6 TD:INT across 15 games. Jackson will naturally be the focal point of the team's offense for many years to come, beginning with a 2020 campaign in which Baltimore will be honed in on avenging their early postseason exit.

January 11, 2020 8:43 PM EST

Lamar Jackson: Returns to field

Jackson (illness) returned to practice Thursday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jackson sat out practice Tuesday, but the QB has moved past a bout with the flu and will resume his preparations for the Ravens' Jan. 11 playoff opener versus an opponent to be determined by the results of this weekend's Wild Card round.

January 2, 2020 9:14 AM EST

Lamar Jackson: No practice Tuesday

Jackson (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Ravens were hoping Jackson would be able to get on the practice field Tuesday, but he ultimately was not able to. The Ravens will not play again until Jan. 11, so Jackson will have plenty of time to rest and recover before then.

December 31, 2019 11:15 AM EST

Lamar Jackson: Comes down with flu

Jackson has the flu, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It doesn't seem to be a serious case, considering Jackson was on the sideline for most of Sunday's 28-10 win over the Steelers. He and a few other key players were held out of the regular-season finale, with Baltimore preparing for a divisional-round playoff matchup against the Texans, Bills or Titans on Jan. 11 or 12. Coach John Harbaugh expects Jackson to participate in practice Tuesday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

December 30, 2019 11:50 AM EST

Lamar Jackson: Won't play Week 17

Coach John Harbaugh ruled out Jackson for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jackson thus will end an MVP-worthy campaign having completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 3,127 yards, 36 touchdowns and six interceptions across 15 games. Moreover, he set the single-season rushing mark for quarterbacks with 1,206 yards to go with seven TDs on the ground. Jackson's absence thus will yield a spot start for Robert Griffin.

December 23, 2019 11:46 AM EST

Lamar Jackson: Bolsters MVP case with three TDs

Jackson completed 20 of 31 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 31-15 win over the Browns. He also rushed 17 times for 103 yards and fumbled twice, losing one.

Analysis: Jackson was quiet for most of the first half but came alive with touchdowns of 39 and 14 yards to tight end Mark Andrews in the final 1:18 before halftime. He added a 12-yard score to Mark Ingram in the third quarter to bring his season TD:INT to 36:6 through the air, including a 24:1 mark in the last seven games. Jackson has augmented that passing success with the best rushing campaign of all time for a quarterback, compiling 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. The win moved Baltimore's record to 13-2 and clinched the top seed in the AFC, so there's a good chance the MVP front-runner will sit out against the Steelers in Week 17 to ensure he's healthy for a playoff run.

December 22, 2019 1:20 PM EST

Lamar Jackson: Stellar all-around night

Jackson (quadriceps) completed 15 of 23 passes for 212 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Ravens' 42-21 win over the Jets on Thursday. He also rushed eight times for 86 yards -- breaking Michael Vick's single-season rushing record for a quarterback in the process -- and committed a fumble but recovered.

Analysis: Jackson couldn't have drawn up a better script for his milestone night, as he also tied his career high with his five touchdown tosses in addition to surpassing Vick for the rushing mark. Just as impressive was the fact all five of Jackson's scoring throws went to different pass catchers -- Miles Boykin (five yards), Mark Andrews (one yard), Marquise Brown (24 yards), Seth Roberts (33 yards) and Mark Ingram (10 yards). Jackson has now thrown five touchdown passes on three separate occasions in what has been a stellar sophomore campaign, while his rushing tally Thursday pushed his season total to an eye-popping 1,103 yards on the ground. Jackson lines up for another start a week from Sunday in a Week 16 divisional matchup versus the Browns, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported earlier Thursday that Robert Griffin III, who saw action late against the Jets, is expected to start Week 17 against the Steelers if Baltimore has locked up its playoff seeding by that point.

December 12, 2019 8:51 PM EST

Lamar Jackson: Suiting up Thursday

Jackson (quadriceps) is listed as active Thursday against the Jets.

Analysis: The Ravens listed Jackson as a limited practice participant Monday and Tuesday before upgrading him to full participation Wednesday. The quarterback was never in danger of missing Thursday's game, but it's possible his quad injury inspires a game plan with fewer designed runs for the quarterback. Even so, Jackson is well positioned for another productive outing with the Ravens heavily favored to win.

December 12, 2019 3:57 PM EST

Lamar Jackson: Listed as questionable, but expected to play

Though Jackson (quad) is officially listed as questionable for the Thursday night's game against the Jets, his listed participation level on Wednesday's posted practice report was full and the QB indicated Tuesday that he'll play this week, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: That's a notion echoed by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, who suggests that the only reason Jackson is listed as questionable by the team is "because probable doesn't exist anymore. He'll be a go." Official confirmation of Jackson's availability will arrive upon the release of the Ravens' inactives in advance of Thursday night's 8:20 ET kickoff.

December 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

Lamar Jackson: Officially questionable

Jackson (quadriceps) is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's contest against the Jets, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Jackson is nursing a quadriceps injury suffered during Sunday's win over the Bills. The star signal-caller appears to be trending toward suiting up against the Jets during Thursday Night Football, and he told Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic on Tuesday that he expects to play. Jackson practiced in full Wednesday after beginning the week with back-to-back limited sessions. Of course, given the nature of Jackson's quadriceps issue, it's possible that his electric abilities on the ground could be limited in some capacity even if he's cleared to suit up.

December 11, 2019 11:11 AM EST

Lamar Jackson: Limited again Tuesday

Jackson (quadriceps) was limited at Tuesday's walkthrough.

Analysis: Jackson has been tabbed with the same listing on back-to-back estimated injury reports to start Week 15 prep. The Ravens are taking a "wait-and-see" approach with his quad injury, which he sustained on a low hit during this past Sunday's win in Buffalo. Jackson's status could receive some clarity upon the release of Wednesday's practice report.

December 10, 2019 1:57 PM EST

Lamar Jackson: Throwing Tuesday

Jackson (quadriceps) threw during the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coach John Harbaugh told Zrebiec on Monday that the Ravens intend to take a "wait-and-see" approach with Jackson, who hurt his quad on a low hit during the Week 14 win at Buffalo. With some activity evident Tuesday, Jackson appears poised to match his 'limited' listing from Monday, at the very least. His level of participation will be known upon the release of Tuesday's injury report.

December 10, 2019 1:02 PM EST

Lamar Jackson: Operating under 'wait-and-see' approach

Coach John Harbaugh said Jackson hurt his quadriceps on a low hit Sunday at Buffalo, and the Ravens will take a "wait-and-see" approach with his situation, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Ravens have a quick turnaround with a game Thursday against the Jets, so the team merely held a walk-through Monday. Jackson himself took the field late during the portion of the session open to the media, which was enough to be listed as limited on the practice estimate, per Clifton Brown of the team's official site. The quarterback will have two more chances this week to elevate to full participation, but ultimately his listing on Wednesday's injury report will be telling for his availability for Week 15.

December 9, 2019 3:18 PM EST

Lamar Jackson: Pops up on injury report

Jackson (quad) was listed as limited on Monday's practice estimation, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hensley notes that Jackson "walked with a slight hitch when he entered the indoor field house" Monday, so Jackson's status is worth tracking in advance of Thursday night's game against the Jets. So far, however, there has been nothing to suggest that the QB's status for the contest is in any peril.

December 9, 2019 2:19 PM EST

Lamar Jackson: Accounts for three TDs vs. Bills

Jackson completed 16 of 25 pass attempts for 145 yards, three touchdowns and one interception Sunday against the Bills. He also rushed 11 times for 40 yards in the 24-17 win.

Analysis: Jackson completed a respectable 64 percent of his passes, but he made just one completion longer than 15 yards as he finished averaging 5.8 yards per attempt. That happened to be on a 61-yard touchdown strike to Hayden Hurst, which he complemented with short scores to Nick Boyle and Willie Snead. Jackson's output on the ground also made him just the second quarterback in NFL history to surpass 1,000 rushing yards for a season alongside Michael Vick. He continues to provide plenty of value each week and will look to keep it up Thursday against the Jets.

December 8, 2019 2:25 PM EST

Lamar Jackson: Dominates with legs

Jackson completed 14 of 23 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown while rushing 16 times for 101 yards and a touchdown and losing a fumble in Sunday's 20-17 win over San Francisco.

Analysis: Jackson eclipsed 60 rushing yards for the 10th time in 12 games this season, including each of the past nine, and he became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for over 100 yards four times in one season. He lost a fumble for the first time all season for his first turnover since Week 5, but Jackson also threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews and scored with his legs from one yard out. Despite throwing for a season-low 105 yards, Jackson still commanded the offense effectively and orchestrated a wonderful final drive that used up the final 6:28 and set up Justin Tucker for a game-winning 49-yard field goal. Given his unparalleled ability as a runner at the quarterback position, Jackson will remain a must-start option in Week 14 despite a tricky matchup in Buffalo.

December 1, 2019 1:10 PM EST

Lamar Jackson: Puts on a show versus Rams

Jackson completed 15 of 20 passes for 169 yards and five touchdowns in Monday night's 45-6 win over the Rams. He also rushed eight times for 95 yards.

Analysis: Jackson turned in a dazzling display, bolstering his MVP resume. The quarterback started by tossing touchdowns to Hollywood Brown on consecutive drives, then came inches away from a thrilling 36-yard scoring scamper on his next series. With another touchdown throw his next time out, however, Jackson not only led Baltimore to the end zone on all four of his first-half drives, but did so without a single incompletion. For an encore, he then opened the second half with back-to-back red-zone TD completions before making way for backup Robert Griffin to begin the fourth. Overall, it was a nearly perfect primetime performance from Jackson, who'll now look forward to a showdown against the vaunted 49ers defense in Week 13.

November 25, 2019 8:25 PM EST

Lamar Jackson: Another stellar showing

Jackson completed 17 of 24 passes for 222 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the Ravens' 41-7 win over the Texans on Sunday. He also rushed nine times for 86 yards.

Analysis: Jackson was once again in excellent form both through the air and on the ground, posting his second straight game with multiple touchdown passes while also eclipsing the 80-yard mark as a rusher for the fifth time on the campaign. Jackson continued to flash the considerable improvement he's managed to make as a passer, with Sunday marking his third consecutive contest with a 70.0 percent completion rate. The second-year signal-caller spread the ball impressively as well, hitting nine different pass catchers overall on the afternoon. Having helped the Ravens to an impressive 8-2 record, Jackson will look to stay hot versus the Rams in a Monday night Week 12 matchup on the road.

November 17, 2019 1:32 PM EST

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