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Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens
Quarterback #8
Baltimore Ravens
Quarterback #8
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Leads FG drive

Jackson completed three of four passes for 29 yards in Saturday's preseason game against Washington.

Analysis: Jackson played one drive, which ending with a J.K. Dobbins injury followed by a missed field goal by the backup kicker. Jackson emerged unscathed, completing one pass to Dobbins and two others to Mark Andrews. Jackson and Andrews may need to put the Baltimore offense on their shoulders Week 1 at Las Vegas, as the Ravens already had a slew of injuries at wide receiver before losing another playmaker (Dobbins) in Saturday's game.

Aug 28, 2021 3:57 PM EST

Likely playin

Jackson is likely to play in Saturday's preseason game at Washington, as he's one of just two healthy quarterbacks on Baltimore's roster after the team released Kenji Bahar on Tuesday, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: The other is Tyler Huntley, who hopes to usurp Trace McSorley for the No. 2 role behind Jackson. The Ravens will probably give the backup more snaps, but it makes sense to give Jackson a bit of run after he missed the first two games of the preseason. The Ravens offense has been hamstrung by injuries to wide receivers and offensive linemen all summer, but the latter situation is finally improving, if not the former. Assuming he does play, Jackson's top targets Saturday could be young players competing for depth roles like Devin Duverrnay, Tylan Wallace and Josh Oliver

Aug 24, 2021 1:34 PM EST

Gives way to Huntley

Tyler Huntley drew the start at QB for the Ravens in Saturday's preseason game against the Panthers, while Jackson is in line to sit out his second straight contest, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if Jackson will play at all in the team's preseason finale, but doing what needs to be done to keep their star QB healthy and fresh for Week 1 action is a sound approach, given the Ravens' current injury issues at wide receiver and along the offensive line.

Aug 21, 2021 4:32 PM EST

Uncertain for Saturday

Coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that he won't comment on expectations for Jackson's playing time (or lack thereof) in Saturday's preseason game against Carolina, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Ravens likely want their QB to play at least a drive or two this preseason, but it may not happen if the team still needs more time to sort out its rampant injury issues at wide receiver and along the offensive line. If Jackson does play Saturday, he could be missing 3-4 starting linemen and each of his top five wide receiver. The third week of the preseason might make more sense, with the Aug. 28 contest against Washington taking place 16 days before Baltimore's regular-season opener in Las Vegas (Sept. 13).

Aug 19, 2021 8:12 AM EST

Not expected to start Saturday

Trace McSorley appears to be replacing Jackson as the starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against New Orleans, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jackson went through pregame warmups in uniform, but McSorley was under center when the first-team offense lined up. The Ravens' star quarterback returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list Aug. 6, and while he seems to be healthy, the team seemingly plans to keep Jackson on the sideline Saturday night. Offensive line injuries may be a factor, and the Ravens also are banged up at wide receiver.

Aug 14, 2021 3:54 PM EST

Back with team

Jackson, who has resumed practicing with his teammates after spending time on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the second time in the last eight months, noted Monday that he's taking things "day by day right now," ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.

Analysis: At this time, the Ravens' star QB hasn't yet decided if he'll get vaccinated following his latest COVID issue, noting, "I just got off the COVID list. I got to talk to my team about this and see how they feel about it. Keep learning as much as I can about it. We'll go from there." In the meantime, the signal caller will look to get back up to speed after missing practice time and in that context it's unclear when he'll make his first preseason appearance. Baltimore's first exhibition game is Saturday against the Saints.

Aug 9, 2021 10:42 AM EST

Returns to practice

Jackson participated in Saturday's practice one day after being cleared from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: What's more, Jackson has received glowing remarks in his first full day of training camp since it began. The star quarterback is one of the top fantasy options at his position in large part due to his mobility and Jackson should be poised for another year close to 1,000 rushing yards so long as he stays healthy.

Aug 7, 2021 7:25 AM EST

Cleared from COVID-19 list

Jackson has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and should return to practice Saturday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ravens training camp isn't off to the best start, with the starting quarterback missing the first week and a half while his favorite wide receiver from last season (Marquise Brown) has been out with a hamstring injury. Jackson's return to practice will be welcome news in Baltimore, where Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley have been taking first-team QB reps. In addition to Brown's hamstring injury, the O-line is a bit banged up, but Jackson will have some healthy pass catchers in TE Mark Andrews, RB J.K. Dobbins and WRs Sammy Watkins and Rashod Bateman.

Aug 6, 2021 10:28 AM EST

Won't return before Friday

Jackson, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, won't return to practice until Friday or Saturday at the earliest, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.

Analysis: Until Jackson, who Zrebiec indicates recently tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time in nine months, is cleared to return to action, Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley are in line handle the the majority of the Ravens' QB reps at practice.

Aug 2, 2021 10:38 AM EST

Lands on COVID list

The Ravens placed Jackson (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Daniel Oyefusi of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Jackson sat out Week 12 of last season after testing positive for the virus, and it appears he may have done so again at the start of this year's training camp. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Jackson didn't practice Wednesday as the NFL was in the process of investigating a COVID-related case. It's likely related to Gus Edwards turning back a positive test, so Jackson's stay on the reserve list will indicate whether he did as well. While Jackson stays away from the Ravens, Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley will handle QB reps.

Jul 28, 2021 3:14 PM EST

Absent from practice

Jackson is absent from Wednesday's practice due to a "COVID-related case the league is still trying to process," Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Jackson tested positive for COVID-19 last November and missed a game against the Steelers, but he returned to action the following week and led Baltimore to five straight wins and a playoff berth. He has apparently tested positive for the virus again, but there's been no official move to place him on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Ravens are left with Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley as their quarterbacks for the first practice of training camp.

Jul 28, 2021 6:22 AM EST

Gets more help at WR

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman says the Ravens have built a more balanced attack around Jackson, after adding WRs Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace in the 2021 NFL Draft, Clifton Brown of the team's official website reports.

Analysis: When an NFL offensive coordinator discusses 'balance', he's usually referring to establishing a run game to complement the pass. In this case, it's the other way around, with Jackson (among others) expressing frustration at the increasingly predictable nature of Baltimore's offense. The drafting of Bateman (first round) and Wallace (fourth) was preceded by the signing of Sammy Watkins, but the Ravens did also take a big hit this offseason when they traded star OT Orlando Brown to the AFC rival Chiefs.

May 4, 2021 7:13 AM EST

Gets fifth-year option

The Ravens are picking up the fifth-year option on Jackson's rookie contract, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: Jackson is now scheduled for a $23.016 million base salary in 2022, though it's guaranteed for injury only. The option gives Baltimore more leverage in negotiations on a long-term contract, which seems to be the ultimate goal for both parties. Offseason additions Rashod Bateman and Sammy Watkins give Jackson the best receiving corps he's ever had, while the Ravens' offensive line looks shaky for the first time in his young career.

Apr 30, 2021 12:57 PM EST

In line for fifth-year option

Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens are expected to pick up the fifth-year option on Jackson's rookie contract, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: With an MVP award and two 1,000-yard rushing seasons under his belt through three years with Baltimore, Jackson is poised to get a payday sooner than later. If the Ravens make the aforementioned move by May 3, his contract will be $23.1 million in 2022, but the team also may want to lock him up long-term in the near future, as has been intimated this offseason. Jackson has a new weapon in the passing game via free agency in Sammy Watkins, and the Ravens may also use draft capital to improve the receiving corps, which would give him a good chance to surpass 3,000 yards through the air for the second time in his career this fall.

Apr 27, 2021 3:53 PM EST

Gets new wideout

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.

Mar 30, 2021 6:23 AM EST

Should get extension eventually

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.

Jan 20, 2021 11:53 AM EST

Offseason extension talks coming

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.

Jan 18, 2021 9:11 AM EST

Out with concussion

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.

Jan 16, 2021 7:56 PM EST

Exits with possible concussion

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.

Jan 16, 2021 7:43 PM EST

Leads Ravens to first playoff win

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.

Jan 10, 2021 1:00 PM EST

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