|Date of Birth:||01/17/1997|
|Drafted:||2018 | Round 1 | Pick 32|
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Lamar Jackson has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Jackson missed several days while on the COVID list, so it's good to see him back. Hopefully the former league MVP is able to stay available this season.
Lamar Jackson is not practicing due to COVID-19 issues.
According to multiple reports, it's not clear what's going on with Jackson's test (or reporters just don't want to say that a former league MVP has tested positive for the virus again after he did so last November). But for now, he's away from the Ravens, which is obviously not ideal as training camp gets underway. Hopefully Jackson is feeling OK and can rejoin his team soon.
The Ravens have exercised the fifth-year option on Lamar Jackson.
Baltimore had said this would get done, and now it has, so we'll see if they quickly turn their attention to a potential long-term extension. Jackson getting Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman last night (No. 27 overall pick) as another weapon is great for his fantasy outlook, and now we'll see if they add an offensive lineman tonight or tomorrow. The former NFL MVP is still just entering his age-24 campaign this fall.
Lamar Jackson is in concussion protocol.
Jackson went to the locker room between the third and fourth quarters, so he'll need to quickly pass the concussion protocol to return to tonight's Divisional Round game in Buffalo. With the Ravens down 14 points and not doing much offensively, we'd say Jackson probably won't be back tonight. Before leaving, Jackson was 14/24 for 162 yards and an interception along with ten carries for 34 yards. The interception was a costly pick six that put the Bills up 17-3 before this most recent possession in which he was injured. During the regular season, Jackson again went over 1,000 yards rushing (becoming the first quarterback in league history with consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons), but he took a step back overall from his sensational 2019 campaign. Still, the Ravens starter will obviously be a strong QB1 option in 2021 fantasy drafts.
Lamar Jackson (cramps) has returned for the Ravens.
Just when backup Trace McSorley was injured, Jackson returned from the locker room after missing most of the last two series while in the locker room. The Ravens are driving and down one point with two minutes remaining in a huge game in Cleveland.
Lamar Jackson is dealing with cramps.
Jackson went to the locker room and missed Baltimore’s last drive, and we thought he’d be back. But the Ravens are without the reigning league MVP on their next drive now down one point late in the fourth quarter. Trace McSorley, who is more than capable of operating the Ravens offense, is in at quarterback looking to lead a game-winning drive.
The Ravens have activated Lamar Jackson from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
This puts Jackson in line to return tomorrow night, and he should be a high-end QB1 in a great matchup against Dallas. The presence of the 2019 NFL MVP will also be a boost for J.K. Dobbins and the running backs. Trace McSorley will be the backup with Robert Griffin III (hamstring) on IR.
Lamar Jackson has tested positive for COVID-19.
News of the reigning NFL MVP testing positive—to continue the outbreak in Baltimore—apparently has Sunday's postponed game in jeopardy, but at the very least, Jackson will be ineligible to play this week. The game being canceled this week altogether would likely kick in the new rule that creates a Week 18 and adds an eighth playoff team, which is something that a) helps the postseason chances for the Ravens, and b) eliminates any chance of the 10-0 Steelers having a first-round bye; that obviously is unfair, and a straight forfeiture wouldn't be a surprise if the game can't be played in Week 12.
Lamar Jackson will start in Week 5.
Jackson is ready to go for Sunday against the Bengals despite missing the first two practice days of the week with a knee issue and then an illness. You can lock the reigning league MVP into fantasy lineups as a top QB1 option.
Lamar Jackson (knee) officially did not practice today.
This is the first time in Jackson's career that he's missed two consecutive practices, so there is some cause for concern with the knee issue that's been bothering him—but Jackson is also said to be dealing with an illness that was part of why he missed today's practice. It would be a major surprise if Jackson is out on Sunday, but the final Week 5 injury report will be out tomorrow.
Lamar Jackson coasts against the Browns.
The reigning league MVP started off his third NFL season exceptionally well, going 20/25 for 275 yards and three touchdowns along with seven carries for 45 yards in the Ravens' Week 1 victory. Two of Jackson's touchdowns were to tight end Mark Andrews, and the third was to Willie Snead. The Browns did not play well in the season opener, and the matchups will get more difficult for Baltimore; but it doesn't look like Jackson is going to slow down much this year. He's obviously an elite play next week against the Texans.
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Lamar Jackson will not play in Week 17.
Jackson himself wanted to play in the regular season finale, but the Ravens are holding out their franchise quarterback with the No. 1 seed in the AFC locked up. The only concern is that Jackson could be slightly rusty with about three weeks off until he hits the field again in the Divisional Round, but the dynamic quarterback will be fully healthy as he gears up for a Super Bowl run. Jackson's phenomenal second season ends with 3,127 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, six interceptions, 176 carries, 1,206 rushing yards (6.9 average), and seven rushing touchdowns—he will certainly be named league MVP in several weeks. From a fantasy perspective, Jackson was basically a cheat code this season, and he was fewer than two points behind Patrick Mahomes from last season for the most fantasy points ever for a quarterback in a season, though Jackson played one fewer game. And from a real life perspective, Jackson silenced the doubters and did it with a humble attitude that makes him a likable young superstar in the NFL.
Lamar Jackson (quad) is officially active against the Jets.
Jackson was listed as questionable entering tonight, but there was no doubt he would be ready to go. As usual, the star MVP frontrunner quarterback is an elite QB1 in Week 15 fantasy lineups.
Lamar Jackson (quad) is officially listed as questionable for Week 15.
Jackson is obviously going to play against the Jets tomorrow night, and he would almost certainly be listed as probable if that injury designation was still offered on injury reports.
Lamar Jackson makes MVP case in Ravens' win over the Patriots.
Despite facing the league's No. 1 defense, Jackson was basically unstoppable in Baltimore's 37-20 Sunday night Week 9 victory. He was 17/23 for 163 yards and one touchdown along with 16 carries for 61 yards and two touchdowns. The rushing scores both came down by the goal line, with the first one coming on a walk-in around the left end and the second coming on a power run where his lineman pulled him into the end zone. The passing touchdown was to a wide-open Nick Boyle running across the field down by the goal line. The passing numbers are not amazing, but Jackson was calm in the pocket and put passes on the money with his underrated quick release. After making the New England defense look bad, the Heisman Trophy winner is squarely in the MVP discussion, and there's no question he's among the most valuable fantasy football assets this season—it's crazy he wasn't ranked as a consensus top-ten fantasy quarterback in the preseason. Jackson will likely be the top quarterback option next week against the Bengals after he put up 30.6 fantasy points against them a few weeks ago.
Lamar Jackson keeps it going on the ground as the Ravens improve to 5-2.
Jackson was just 9/20 for 143 yards passing, but he had 14 carries for 116 yards and one touchdown on the ground while leading Baltimore to a big win at Seattle. The passing numbers for Jackson were not impressive, but he dealt with a few drops and would have had a better day statistically if not for those drops. The Seahawks were apparently planning to spy Jackson and not allow the former Heisman Trophy winner to beat them with his legs, but the second-year quarterback looks basically unstoppable on the ground, with elite speed and acceleration along with underrated toughness and slipperiness on inside runs. Jackson is currently sixth in the NFL in rushing, which has made him an elite fantasy asset this season. Despite talk of Jackson wanting to throw the ball and not run a lot this season, he's going to do whatever it takes to win games, and his legs are too great of a weapon not to use often. The Ravens now have their bye week before a very difficult matchup against New England in Week 9.
Lamar Jackson uses his legs in Ravens' Week 6 victory.
Jackson was 21/33 for 236 yards and added 19 carries for 152 yards (8.0 average) and one touchdown in Baltimore's win over Cincinnati. The Ravens got Jackson involved early as a runner, and his highlight was a 21-yard run where he dove for the front pylon for six points. The performance made Jackson the first player in NFL history to throw for 200+ yards and rush for 150+ yards in a regular season game. While there's been talk from both Jackson and the team (though the team has also indicated that Jackson will run a bunch this season) of him scaling back the rushing, it's probably the best part of the former Heisman Trophy winner's game, and it gives him elite fantasy upside while paired with his underrated ability as a passer. Jackson remains an obvious QB1 next week against the Seahawks.
Lamar Jackson struggles against the Steelers.
Jackson was 19/28 for 161 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions along with 14 carries for 70 yards in Baltimore's 26-23 overtime win at Pittsburgh. The Steelers have one of the league's better defenses and a fast group that put pressure on Jackson, but the former Heisman Trophy winner struggled to get much going through the air, and he now has five interceptions in the last two games after not throwing an interception through the first three games this season. Jackson was the No. 1 fantasy scorer through the first quarter of the season, but he had just 11.4 standard fantasy points in the Week 5 victory. The good news for Jackson is that he next faces a Bengals team that just allowed a big performance by Kyler Murray, and it should be a game he bounces back with a strong outing.
Lamar Jackson makes history in Ravens' Week 2 victory.
Jackson was 24/37 for 272 yards and two touchdowns while adding 16 carries for 120 yards, becoming the first player in NFL history with at least 250 pass yards and 120 rush yards in a game. The first touchdown was a 25-yard strike to a wide-open Mark Andrews down the right sideline, and the second was a pass to Hayden Hurst at the goal line. Jackson also threw a perfect 41-yard deep ball to the outside shoulder of Marquise Brown to help ice the game late as the Ravens improved to 2-0. Baltimore's offense is getting players wide open, but Jackson is playing exceptionally well and has been very accurate through two games—and from a fantasy perspective, he added the rushing element that wasn't there in Week 1. It's still early in the season and this was against perhaps the league's two worst defenses, but the second-year quarterback was massively underrated entering the season. He'll remain a great fantasy QB1 option for Week 3 versus the Chiefs.
Lamar Jackson throws five touchdowns in Ravens' 59-10 rout of the Dolphins.
Jackson insisted all summer that he'd be throwing the ball and might not run as much as last season (despite the coaching staff saying that he would run a lot again), and he was right in the season opener. Jackson carried just three times for six yards, but he was 17/20 for 324 yards and five touchdowns passing (four in the first half). Miami is expected to have the worst team in the league and did not play well at all, but Jackson still threw the ball accurately to both short and deep areas of the field. The former Heisman Trophy winner's schedule remains promising for Week 2, as Baltimore has a matchup with Arizona. If Jackson is somehow available in your league, he should be picked up as a potential early-season QB1 at the very least.
John Harbaugh: "Take the over" on Lamar Jackson rushing 139 times this season.
The Ravens head coach spoke to Aditi Kinkhabwala and former Ravens head coach Brian Billick of NFL Network, and Billick said the Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's career-high in rush attempts for a season is 139. According to Kinkhabwala, without hesitation Harbaugh said to "take the over" on that number. Last season in just seven starts (along with mixing in for certain packages while Joe Flacco was starting), Jackson rushed 147 times, so this isn't a huge surprise. However, the fact that Harbaugh said to take the over without hesitation indicates that Baltimore doesn't have any issue with their starting quarterback running as much as possible if that's what it takes to win games. At this point, it'd be a surprise if Jackson doesn't average at least ten carries per game, which would give him an obvious boost in fantasy football. Also keep in mind that the Ravens added former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley, who also has solid running ability, and have Robert Griffin III as the backup quarterback; this offense might use the quarterback in the run game more than any offense in quite a while, and they have the depth for a next-man-up approach to keep things going if someone goes down with an injury.
Lamar Jackson says he put on seven-to-ten pounds of muscle this offseason.
The second-year quarterback says he heard people said he was too skinny, but he made sure the weight he added is "muscle not fat." The former Heisman Trophy winner is a slippery runner that does a good job of avoiding hits, but the added muscle should help him with durability because, as Jackson said, it puts a little more meat on his bones. The only concern is that the added weight could lead to a slight decrease in speed, but it's probably not much of an issue if it was muscle as Jackson says. Because of his rushing ability, Jackson offers a ton of upside in the later rounds of fantasy drafts this summer.
Ravens owner Steve Biscotty says Lamar Jackson will not run the ball 20 times per game in 2019.
According to ESPN, in a call with season ticket holders, Biscotty said, "I think you'll be pleasantly surprised that Lamar is not going to be running 20 times a game. That's not what this offense is about." Because the former Heisman Trophy winner is such a good weapon as a runner—and has some work to do as a passer—there's thought that he'll be running the ball a lot this season in new offensive coordinator Greg Roman's offense. It's not a huge surprise Biscotty doesn't expect Jackson to run 20 times per game, but we could certainly see him in the 10-15 range—overall, Jackson's running ability should make him a fantasy QB1 in 2019. Baltimore's offense is going to be interesting this season, as there's a ton of speed complementing a power-run element with Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards.
Lamar Jackson is working on his accuracy this offseason.
The second-year quarterback said he went back and watched his film from his rookie season and noticed that his mechanics were not where they needed to be, which led to some inaccuracy and inconsistency on his throws. Jackson has worked with his high school coach Joshua Harris in the offseason, and he says he's worked on "keeping a wide base, throwing out-breaking routes. Just trying to be spot-on with my accuracy, trying to work on every attribute I can." And the former Heisman Trophy winner also added that he feels like he's throwing the ball a lot better this offseason but that we'll see when OTAs arrive next month. It's been clear since during the pre-draft process last year that Jackson is a motivated player and wants to show people he can throw the ball well; after an offseason of working on it, we should see more consistency from Jackson as a passer in 2019.
Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman thinks danger for a running quarterback is "a little overrated."
According to the Baltimore Sun, Roman says he's not concerned about running quarterbacks, like Lamar Jackson, getting injured "because, and this is empirical data here, over the years, you kind of realize that when a quarterback decides to run, he's in control. So now [if] he wants to slide, he can slide. If he wants to dive, he can dive, get out of bounds, all of those different things. He can get down, declare himself down." Roman added that there might be more danger in the pocket when the quarterback's eyes are downfield and blind-side hits occur. It sounds like there isn't any concern about Jackson's workload as a runner for Baltimore, which could mean big fantasy points for the former Heisman Trophy winner. Jackson does have the ability to twist his body to avoid taking big direct shots, which should help keep him healthy, but we still believe there should be at least some concern about a quarterback taking so many hits per game over the course of a season.
Greg Roman says the Ravens offense is "going to be tailored towards Lamar."
Roman is the new Ravens offensive coordinator after the team parted ways with Marty Mornhinweg, and Lamar is of course starting quarterback Lamar Jackson. It's been obvious Baltimore was going to tailor their offense towards their young franchise quarterback from the moment Roman was elevated to the team's OC. Roman was the offensive coordinator for Jim Harbaugh early in Colin Kaepernick's career, and he helped craft an electric zone-read running game. Jackson's slightish build might be a concern if he's going to take so many hits as a quarterback that runs the ball often, but this new offense should be a definite positive for the former Heisman Trophy winner's fantasy value for 2019 and beyond. Jackson's development as a passer will be key for Baltimore leading up to next season, though.
Lamar Jackson, Ravens fall in the Wild Card Round to the Chargers, 23-17.
Jackson was 14/29 for 194 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, also adding nine carries for 54 yards and three fumbles (one lost). Baltimore's offense struggled basically all day and trailed 23-3 in the fourth quarter, but a couple late touchdown throws by the rookie got them back in it, and they had an opportunity for a game-winning touchdown drive with less than a minute to play before Jackson was strip sacked. It was somewhat surprising that Joe Flacco didn't come in down three possession, but it's clear Jackson is the future, and hopefully the late run can build confidence into 2019. While he will certainly deserve QB1 consideration in fantasy drafts next summer, Jackson needs to improve as a passer, and opposing defensive coordinators have an entire offseason to pick apart his game.
Lamar Jackson, Ravens survive against the Browns, 26-24.
Jackson was 14/24 for 179 yards, also adding 20 carries for 90 yards and two touchdowns. The rookie lost a fumble at the goal line on a leaping attempt for his third score, but he ripped off a 25-yard run and an eight-yard run before that to get a 20-7 halftime lead, which Baltimore held onto in order to win the AFC South. Jackson's first regular season ends with a 6-1 record as a starter, completing 58.2% of his passes for 1,201 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions while adding 147 carries for 695 yards (4.7 YPC) and five touchdowns on the ground. The Ravens will look to defend home field next Sunday against the visiting Chargers and start an improbable Super Bowl run led by a rookie.
Lamar Jackson, Ravens get huge win over the Chargers, 22-10.
Jackson was 12/22 for 204 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions, also adding 13 carries for 39 yards. The numbers weren't great for fantasy owners as Los Angeles did a great job containing him as a runner, but the highlight for Jackson was a 68-yard touchdown pass dropped right into Mark Andrews' arms as he sprinted for six. The rookie is now 5-1 as a starter, and he could have an opportunity to win the AFC North next Sunday against the Browns depending on the outcome of tomorrow's Steelers-Saints game. Jackson will be a QB1 option for the season finale.
Lamar Jackson throws one touchdown in Week 15.
Jackson was 14/23 for 131 yards and one touchdown along with 18 carries for 95 yards and one fumble lost against the Buccaneers. The touchdown was on a pop pass to Chris Moore for five yards. Jackson hasn't had a monster game yet, but he has at least 15 fantasy points in each of his starts. He'll be playing in primetime this Saturday night against the Chargers, so he'd be a fun player to use in fantasy championships, but overall there are probably stronger QB1 options given the tough matchup.
Lamar Jackson will remain the Ravens starting quarterback.
Joe Flacco will back up the rookie quarterback. Despite Jackson's 3-1 record as the starter while Flacco was out with a right hip injury, this is a bit of a surprise considering Flacco's late-season success and clear advantage as a passer over the rookie. There's still a chance Flacco gets time, so Jackson is a bit riskier as a QB1 this week; but this could just be Jackson's job for 100% of the snaps moving forward.
Lamar Jackson throws two touchdowns in Ravens' loss.
Jackson was 13/24 for 147 yards and two touchdowns along with 13 carries for a team-high 71 rushing yards and one fumble lost in the tough Week 14 overtime loss at Kanas City. This was probably Jackson's best game throwing the ball in his four games as the starter, and his best throw was to John Brown on a crossing route in the red zone for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Joe Flacco was a full participant in practice late in the week and appears to be very close to a return, so we might get an answer in Week 15 whether Jackson will remain the starter moving forward. Jackson injured his ankle at the end of the game, but it shouldn't be an issue moving forward.
Lamar Jackson rushed for touchdown in Ravens' Week 13 win.
Jackson didn't have a great day throwing the ball, but he mostly avoided mistakes and improved to 3-0 as a starter while helping his team pick up a big win in Atlanta. The rookie quarterback was 12/21 for 125 yards along with 17 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown and one fumble lost. He left briefly to be looked at for a concussion but is thankfully OK. The touchdown was a 13-yarder on a speed option where Jackson brushed off a couple of would-be tacklers on his way to the end zone. The former Heisman winner again missed some throws including one to John Brown for a potential touchdown on a deep ball, but he's doing enough to help his team win. It'll be interesting to see if the Ravens go back to Joe Flacco, who is getting healthier and might be ready to play in Week 14 against the Chiefs. Flacco clearly gives Baltimore an advantage as a passer, but Jackson's running ability is tough on opposing defenses. Jackson would remain in the QB1 mix if he remains the starter next week.
Lamar Jackson has been cleared to return against the Falcons.
Jackson cleared concussion protocol and is likely to re-enter the game for Baltimore's next offensive series.
Lamar Jackson is in concussion protocol.
Jackson was kicked in the head on a designed quarterback run deep in the red zone. He stayed in the next play but is now being looked at for a concussion. Robert Griffin III is now entering the game for Baltimore, but hopefully Jackson is OK and can get cleared to return to the game.
Lamar Jackson improves to 2-0 as starter with 34-17 victory over the Raiders.
Jackson was 14/25 for 178 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions, also adding 11 carries for 71 yards and a score on the ground. It was a slow start for the former Heisman winner, and his day looked like a bust for fantasy owners entering halftime. However, Jackson came alive in the second half, using his legs more (he rushed for a five-yard touchdown to open the third quarter) and making some nice throws to hit his guys in stride, with the highlight being a 74-yard play to Mark Andrews; and he also had a dime to John Brown wiped out by a penalty. The performance might not have been consistent enough to keep the starting job when Joe Flacco (hip) is healthy enough to play, but Jackson might see more work as a change-of-pace quarterback if he doesn't remain the starter. Should he draw another start in Atlanta next week, the rookie would remain a high-floor, high-upside QB1 option.
Lamar Jackson rushes 27 times in first career NFL start.
Jackson was 13/19 for 150 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception, also adding 27 carries for 117 yards on the ground in a 24-21 victory. The Ravens basically had a whole new playbook with the rookie under center, as he and Gus Edwards (17 carries for 115 yards and one touchdown) combined to move the ball on a bunch of designed runs and options, which was enough to get a huge win against Cincinnati. Importantly, Robert Griffin III didn't even touch the ball, so this look like Jackson's show until Joe Flacco (hip) returns. If he draws another start, the former college superstar will probably be a high-upside QB1 in a great matchup against the Raiders next Sunday.
Lamar Jackson is practicing today.
Jackson missed yesterday's practice because of an illness, but he's back out there today for the final practice of the week. It remains unclear who will start on Sunday against the Bengals, but perhaps we'll get more clarity on the situation sometime today or tomorrow.
Lamar Jackson (illness) did not practice today.
With Joe Flacco (right hip) also not practicing, Robert Griffin III took all the reps in today’s practice. Baltimore’s Week 11 quarterback situation is totally up in the air, but we’ll see what happens tomorrow.
Lamar Jackson stays involved as Baltimore drops to 4-5.
Jackson completed his lone pass for 12 yards, also adding five carries for ten yards. The former Heisman winner was used as an outlet receiver on a couple plays that he went in motion on, but Joe Flacco didn't look his way in the red zone for what should have been an easy touchdown (though it's worth noting that Jackson might not have been a read on the play at all). There's a definite chance we see the rookie make starts this season if the Ravens don't turn things around after their Week 10 bye.
Lamar Jackson throws first career touchdown in loss to the Panthers.
Jackson, who again saw playing time as a change-of-pace quarterback with the game still close, replaced Joe Flacco when things were in hand for the final drive of the team and hit Hayden Hurst for a 26-yard score. The first-round pick finished with three carries for 26 yards on the ground, also going 4/5 for 46 yards and the touchdown through the air. Jackson will look to make an impact next Sunday in a pivotal AFC North matchup against the Steelers.
Lamar Jackson scores first career touchdown as Baltimore falls to New Orleans, 24-23.
Jackson rushed three times for nine yards and a score, also completing his only pass attempt for five yards. The explosive dual-threat quarterback threw on a third down in the red zone, which was a surprise, but there should be no doubt about who the starter for Baltimore is, especially after Joe Flacco led a clutch touchdown drive that would have tied the game if not for a missed PAT by Justin Tucker. He's going to be involved next week, but Jackson isn't worth considering for fantasy owners.
Lamar Jackson gets one carry in Week 6.
Jackson took a carry around the left side for 22 yards, and it looked like he was going to score, taking it deep into Titans territory. The explosive rookie quarterback continues to mix in on offense for the Ravens.
Lamar Jackson gets some time in Week 5.
Jackson continues to get some snaps at quarterback for the Ravens, and he was 0/1 along with three carries for ten yards in the loss to the Browns. Jackson is just a dynasty-league option or a dart-throw QB2 option in very deep leagues.
Lamar Jackson gets four carries in Week 4.
Allen gained 17 yards on his four attempts against the Steelers, as he had a handful of opportunities throughout the game. The Ravens went to a sweep type of play a few times, and one time it looked like it would've went for a score if not for the play being blown dead. If you're in an extremely deep two-quarterback league, perhaps Jackson will pay off with a score or two one of these weeks.
Lamar Jackson carries twice in Week 2.
The rookie quarterback was used in a handful of plays by Baltimore, mostly as either a decoy or a quarterback on zone-reads and options. Jackson gained six yards on his two carries against the Bengals. He's not getting enough work to be a fantasy option right now.
Lamar Jackson mixes in then gets time at quarterback in first NFL game.
As promised, Jackson worked in for different packages with the first-team offense, but he was mostly used as a decoy. But in a 47-3 blowout, Jackson had time to play traditional quarterback when Joe Flacco exited the game. Jackson went 1/4 for 24 passing yards and added seven carries for 39 rushing yards in the Week 1 win. We'll see Jackson in primetime this Thursday night against the Bengals.
John Harbaugh says Lamar Jackson is going to play “one way or another” this season.
Harbaugh said this to John Kryk of the Toronto Sun, reiterating what has been clear since the Ravens selected Jackson with the 32nd pick in this year’s draft. The “one way or another” might make some people believe Jackson has a chance to be the team’s starter, but Joe Flacco is obviously the very heavy favorite for the job. Still, Jackson will be on the field in some capacity this season because of his explosiveness; but it might not be enough to rely on him in fantasy lineups outside of extremely deep leagues.
The Ravens have selected Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson with the No. 32 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
We really like Jackson, but people might take this pick a bit too far when talking about the implications for the Ravens franchise. Baltimore traded back twice in the first round and then still didn't select Jackson with the No. 25 pick, opting for tight end Hayden Hurst. But with Jackson still available at 32, the Ravens decided to trade No. 52, No. 125, and a 2019 second-round pick in exchange for No. 32 and No. 132 to get in a position to grab Jackson before the end of the first round. Joe Flacco is obviously the starter for 2018, but the Ravens might find ways to get Jackson on the field in certain packages or for some trick plays. Taking the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner at No. 32 does not guarantee that he's the quarterback of the future, but he should have the opportunity to be that guy at some point. Baltimore has a nice setup with the recent signing of Robert Griffin III, and it's possible Jackson does take over a revamped offense as early as the 2019 season. If he lives up to his potential, Jackson's dynasty stock is sky-high.