QB Lamar Jackson - Baltimore Ravens
|6-3, 200||Born: 1-7-1997||College: Louisville||Drafted: Round 1, pick|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): The Ravens didn't lose because of Jackson thanks to a missed a field goal, but if they had gotten a 4th and 9 stop, that would have never mattered. He is still a work in progress as a passer, but he did enough to give the Ravens and his fantasy teams a strong chance to win. As long as Joe Flacco isn't announced as the Week 15 starter, Jackson will be a QB1 option in Week 15 against Tampa.
General News (Fri Dec 14): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report.
General News (Thu Dec 13): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 12): practiced fully on Wednesday.
General News (Wed Dec 12): was named the starting quarterback Wednesday, Dec. 12, and Joe Flacco will be the backup.
General News (Mon Dec 10): missed the end of the Week 14 game against the Kansas City Chiefs with an ankle injury, but he said afterward that the injury wasn't serious. Jackson "should be okay" according to head coach John Harbaugh
Week 15: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FBG says: Neutral matchup. It's unusual this late in the season to see any team, let alone a playoff contender, in this type of quarterback conundrum. But the Ravens have yet to commit to an offensive scheme, let alone a quarterback, for Week 15. Joe Flacco is apparently healthy and ready to take snaps, but we may be just far enough into the Lamar Jackson era that the former Super Bowl MVP is done in Baltimore. Jackson hasn't dazzled anyone as a passer, completing just 58% of his throws with 4 touchdowns over 4 starts. He's actually regressed a bit, posting just 6.0 yards per attempt over a pair of generous matchups the last 2 weeks. But he's brought enough dynamism with his legs and instinctive arm that the Ravens are just a Kansas City field goal from a four-game winning streak. There's a chance - depending on how John Harbaugh's tone is to be read - that both he and Flacco take on packages of their own in Week 15. That would be incredibly difficult to project, though Jackson would obviously have the higher fantasy ceiling. Regardless, none of the Baltimore receivers can be trusted in fantasy. Michael Crabtree and John Brown have totaled just 272 yards over the last 5 weeks - 2 of them with Flacco. Rookie tight end Mark Andrews may actually be the most intriguing dart throw here. He went without a catch last week but posted 47 yards or more in 3 of the previous four. With nowhere to go but up, the Tampa Bay pass defense has improved noticeably over the last month. After allowing a league-high 367 yards per game over the season's first 5 weeks, they've settled down to just 234 since with just a single 300-yard passer (Cam Newton) over that span. Still, there's a ways to go. Opponents are completing passes at a sky-high rate (73%), and 9 of 13 have thrown multiple touchdowns. This is a unit built mostly around sitting off of receivers and merely tackling the reception, in lieu of allowing its shaky cornerbacks to be beaten downfield all day. As a result, slot and/or possession guys like Dante Pettis (4 for 77 and 1 touchdown), Curtis Samuel (6 for 88), and Michael Thomas (11 for 98) have posted strong volume over the past few weeks. There have been encouraging steps forward, but this isn't a shutdown unit by any means. If the Ravens find themselves throwing more often than usual - and testing this secondary downfield - they can find solid efficiency in this matchup.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Lamar Jackson's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 14 vs KC (13 / 24 / 147 / 2 / 0 pass, 13 / 71 / 0 rush)
Lamar Jackson struggled with his consistency as a passer and his ball security for the second consecutive week. Jackson made some nice throws and plays on third down but there have not been enough positive plays in the passing game. This is part of the reason the Ravens are employing such a run heavy approach. However, the Ravens rushing attack was outstanding for the 4th consecutive week. The Ravens first touchdown drive consisted of 8 running plays and no passes. From the first possession to the last, the Ravens offensive line struggled to pass protect in obvious passing situations. Ronnie Stanley and James Hurst struggled while Justin Houston and Dee Ford both had strong games. Jackson kept the ball running an option play and followed nice blocks downfield on a 21 yard run. The run set up a 3 yard touchdown by Kenneth Dixon. A long methodical drive consisting of run plays and underneath passes culminated in Jackson found Maxx Williams in the flat off of play action for a 10 yard touchdown. Starting in excellent field position following a punt return Jackson connected with John Brown running a crossing route for a 9 yard touchdown. With the game tied and less than a minute remaining Jackson had the chance to set up a game winning field goal. Jackson was sacked and fumbled as Justin Houston came through the line unblocked. In overtime Jackson moved the offense to within 10 yards of Justin Tucker's field goal range to tie the game but a holding penalty followed by another sack essentially sealed the Ravens fate. Jackson was injured on the sack but after the game said he was good to go.
2018 Week 13 vs ATL (12 / 21 / 125 / 0 / 0 pass, 17 / 75 / 1 rush)
Lamar Jackson played well against the Falcons. Jackson fumbled 3 times against the Falcons and has 5 fumbles in his first 3 starts. A number of those have come on read option exchanges with Gus Edwards. Jackson led the Ravens offense down the field for a touchdown on their opening possession. Jackson connected with Mark Andrews and Michael Crabtree each for 18 yards. Jackson then kept the ball on an option play and scored a 13 yard rushing touchdown. Jackson had a pair of ugly off target throws on consecutive plays targeting John Brown when he was wide open. The first was on third down and resulted in a three and out. The second was a potential 49 yard touchdown. Neither pass was close to catchable. A few plays later Jackson had poor ball security when moving in the pocket and was stripped and the fumble was returned for a touchdown. Jackson made his best throw of the game to set up a field goal before halftime. Jackson threw a laser threw a tiny window to Crabtree over the middle for 10 yards. Jackson led the Ravens down the field for a field goal on the Ravens opening possession of the second half. Jackson completed a 21 yard pass to Mark Andrews. Jackson made it look like he was going to run the ball but kept his eyes downfield and found Andrews. Jackson was kicked in the face following a 10 yard run but his teammate who was up ended on the play. As a result Jackson underwent extensive concussion testing and missed the Ravens ensuing possession. Jackson returned and led the Ravens down the field for a field goal to give the Ravens a two score lead. Jackson had his best run of the game for 18 yards showing great patience and spatial awareness at the second level. Jackson also had an impressive 7 yard run on 3rd and 8 making a defender miss in tight quarters along the sideline.
2018 Week 12 vs OAK (14 / 25 / 178 / 1 / 2 pass, 11 / 71 / 1 rush)
The Ravens went with a pass heavy attack in the first half seemingly trying to compensate for the high number carries Jackson had the previous week against the Bengals. Jackson had only two first half carries and looked hesitant to scramble for yardage even when opportunities were there. Jackson absorbed a sack on the Ravens' opening series because he was looking downfield instead of trying to outrace the defender to the sideline. Jackson found success following the sack with completions to Crabtree and John Brown to set up a Justin Tucker field goal. Jackson then hit Mark Andrews in stride who got wide open behind the Raiders' secondary for a 74 yard gain. Jackson did well not to under or over throw the wide open receiver. The drive stalled in the red zone forcing another field goal attempt. On 3rd and 10 Jackson failed to see a defender underneath John Brown resulting in a tipped pass and interception. Jackson moved the Ravens into the red zone running the two minute offense before halftime. Jackson took a shot to Crabtree down the sideline who was well covered by Gareon Conley on the play. Conley made a spectacular play to bat the pass to his teammate for Jackson's second interception. The Ravens opened the second half focusing on the run game. Their opening drive touchdown consisted almost entirely of run plays including 3 by Lamar Jackson surpassing his first half total. Jackson capped the drive with a 5 yard dash to the end zone. Another drive fueled almost entirely by the run game moved the Ravens into scoring position again. Jackson capped the drive with an 8 yard touchdown to Crabtree who was running a slant. Jackson's best throw of the game was a 48 yard completion to John Brown on 3rd and 7 that was negated by penalty. Jackson hit Brown perfectly in stride with pressure in his face. Jackson gained the edge on a read option play and exploded down the sideline for a 39 yard run to help run out the clock.
2018 Week 11 vs CIN (13 / 19 / 150 / 0 / 1 pass, 27 / 117 / 0 rush)
Lamar Jackson led the Ravens to a victory in his first NFL start. Jackson brought life to the Ravens offense. The Ravens implemented a run heavy game plan suited to Jackson's strengths. Jackson had 27 rushing attempts which included 3 kneel downs at the end of the game. A good number of Jackson's carries were improvised runs when Jackson could not find anyone open downfield. For the most part Jackson got down or out of bounds to avoid big hits but still took more hits than any quarterback should. 27 rushing attempts may be the high water mark for Jackson's entire career especially as he continues to improve as a pocket passer. Jackson led the Ravens down the field for a touchdown on their opening possession. The drive consisted entirely of run plays including some key conversions by Jackson. Jackson gained the edge off left tackle running zone read for a gain of 12 on his first carry. Jackson ran a quarterback draw on 3rd and 4 and found a huge lane to run through for a gain of 21. Jackson gained 6 yards on 3rd and 5 showing his impressive speed before ducking out of bounds. Alex Collins capped the drive with a touchdown run. Jackson spun away from a sack on third down and tried to get the ball to Willie Snead but he did not see an underneath defender and was nearly intercepted on his second pass attempt. A pair of offensive penalties stalled two scoring drives for the Ravens. With a run heavy game plan and almost no throws downfield the Ravens offense struggled to when forced into unfavorable down and distances. One of Jackson's most impressive plays was a 23 yard completion to John Brown. Jackson maneuvered in a muddy pocket while keep his eyes downfield before escaping the pocket, setting his feet, and finding Brown wide open downfield. The completion set up field goal before halftime. Jackson escaped the pocket and was trying to evade an oncoming defender when he threw a hurried pass downfield. Jackson again failed to see an underneath defender was intercepted. Jackson answered by leading the Ravens down the field on another touchdown drive. Jackson connected with Willie Snead and Chris Moore on the possession and contributed 23 rushing yards. Jackson made an outstanding play finding Mark Andrews along the sideline for 19 yards after escaping the pocket. The play set up a field goal that would get the Ravens the lead and victory.
2018 Week 8 vs CAR (4 / 5 / 46 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 26 / 0 rush)
Lamar Jackson kept the ball on a read option play on the Ravens opening possession and burst up field for 17 yards. Jackson missed a wide open Willie Snead down the sideline on a potential 3rd down conversion and 20 yard gain on the Ravens second possession. Jackson took over for Flacco with the game well out of reach and put together a touchdown drive. Jackson moved the ball down the field with the run game and short passes before hitting Hayden Hurst on a line down the seam for a 26 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 1 vs BUF (1 / 4 / 24 / 0 / 0 pass, 7 / 39 / 0 rush)
Lamar Jackson did see snaps while the Ravens starting offense was on the field. Jackson was lined up at wide receiver and was used to create misdirection. Jackson did get the ball on a designed throw but wisely threw the ball away with no one open downfield. Jackson replaced Flacco early in the 3rd quarter as the Ravens held a huge lead over the Browns. Jackson was not asked to do much downfield passing but rather protect the ball and run clock. Jackson's best throw of the game was a nice touch pass over the middle of the field for 24 yards to convert a 3rd and 15. Lamar Jackson showed a nice stiff arm and his trademark speed on a 16 yard run to set up a Kenneth Dixon touchdown.
Latest NewsRavens | Lamar Jackson posts over 200 total yards (Sun Dec 16, 04:23 PM) - Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson went 14-for-23 for 131 yards and one touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15. He also rushed for 95 yards on 18 carries during the game. Our View: Jackson wasn't dangerous as a downfield passer, but got consistent gains as a runner and executed in the red zone to put up a very solid fantasy day for fantasy teams. He'll be a QB1 against the Chargers next week.
link to story Ravens | Lamar Jackson ready for Week 15 (Fri Dec 14, 04:06 PM) - Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (ankle) practiced in full for a third straight day Friday, Dec. 14, and he is off the injury report ahead of the Week 15 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. link to story Ravens | Week 15 injury report for Baltimore (Fri Dec 14, 04:01 PM) - Baltimore Ravens CB Brandon Carr (not injury related), OL Alex Lewis (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (not injury related) and LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related) did not practice Friday, Dec. 14. Lewis is listed as doubtful for Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while the others were removed from the report. CB Marlon Humphrey (groin) and S Tony Jefferson (ankle) were limited in practice and are listed as questionable, as are QB Joe Flacco (hip), LB Anthony Levine (ankle), CB Tavon Young (groin) and LB Tim Williams (ankle) who were able to practice in full. WR John Brown (not injury related), QB Lamar Jackson (ankle), S Eric Weddle (not injury related) and OT Marshal Yanda (not injury related) each practiced in full and were removed from the report. link to story Ravens | Lamar Jackson takes part in practice (Thu Dec 13, 03:27 PM) - Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 13. link to story Ravens | Full practice for Lamar Jackson (Wed Dec 12, 06:22 PM) - Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12. link to story More News
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