OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson made it clear Wednesday that he can beat groups with more than his legs.
“I do know I can throw,” Jackson mentioned. “I ran 27 instances [on Sunday]. I did not attempt to. We did no matter it took to win. Hopefully, I am going to begin throwing the ball more. The sport plan is arising. We’re going to be throwing the ball. They are going to see.”
Joe Flacco did not observe Wednesday as a result of of his hip damage, which possible means Jackson will stay the starter for an additional week. Baltimore performs host to the struggling Oakland Raiders (2-Eight) on Sunday.
In his first NFL begin, Jackson recorded the most speeding makes an attempt by a quarterback in the Tremendous Bowl period and threw 19 instances. This prolonged a season-long development the place Jackson has accomplished most of his injury on the floor as an alternative of the air.
Jackson, the No. 32 general choose, solely tried 12 passes in the first 9 video games as half of speciality packages. At Louisville, Jackson was a twin menace, throwing over 400 instances and totaling three,500 yards passing in every of his final two seasons.
On Monday, coach John Harbaugh defended Jackson’s throwing potential.
“All this veiled stuff, ‘Is he actually a thrower?’ I’ve information for you: He is a thrower,” Harbaugh mentioned. “The child can throw. He is a quarterback. He is a quarterback. So, all these little veiled questions – and if anyone is on the market [saying], ‘Oh, I am unable to imagine ‘Harbs’ is getting so ticked,’ – I do not recognize the insinuation of the query. We’ll proceed to say it: Lamar Jackson is a quarterback.”
Jackson was stunned he ran a lot in Sunday’s 24-21 win over the Bengals and did not know the precise quantity of runs till after the sport. He does not really feel banged up, though he revealed that Cincinnati defenders had been doing their finest to rattle him.
In accordance to Jackson, the Bengals instructed him, “We’re going to damage you. That is the NFL,” after tackling him. Jackson’s response: he laughed at them.
“Getting in my head and speaking trash, that is not going to work,” Jackson mentioned. “I play soccer. It is about successful video games. It is not about who can speak trash the most.”
What ticked off Jackson the most was his incapacity to get his large receivers more concerned. Jackson accomplished 13-of-19 passes, however he related as soon as every with Michael Crabtree and John Brown.
Harbaugh mentioned Crabtree and Willie Snead each bought in his face as a result of they wished the ball more. Jackson approached Crabtree after the sport to say he wants to get him more concerned, and Crabtree replied that it was pointless.
“I’ve to get these guys the ball as a result of they’re serving to me out,” Jackson mentioned. “They are not on the market to block. Their job is to catch the ball and assist us win video games. That is my job to get the ball to him. I used to be mad about that.”
One of Jackson’s favourite moments from his first begin got here after the sport. He obtained congratulatory texts from Doug Williams and Randall Cunningham.
“These are the guys who paved the approach for us,” Jackson mentioned. “With out these guys, we most likely would not be in the scenario we’re.”