Ravens' Lamar Jackson Falls out of ESPN Rankings of Top 10 QBs Voted by NFL Insiders

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJuly 11, 2022

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NFL personnel listed Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson outside the top 10 quarterbacks in the league in a survey conducted by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

The 2019 MVP only earned an "honorable mention" in a poll of executives, coaches, scouts and players listing the best quarterbacks in the league. According to Fowler, more than half of voters didn't have Jackson inside the top 10 in their ballots.

It put the dual-threat star behind other questionable options like Deshaun Watson (ninth on the list) and Dak Prescott (10th).

Jackson is coming off an injury-filled season where he totaled 2,882 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 12 games. He rushed for 767 yards with two touchdowns.

The production was a steep drop from when Jackson was at his best. 2019 brought 36 touchdowns with only six interceptions adding 1,206 rushing yards and seven more touchdowns.

The Ravens were 30-7 in Jackson's starts over his first three years but just 7-5 last season.

Of course, Baltimore's all-around struggles forced Jackson to change his role. The team ranked 17th in points allowed in 2021 after finishing in the top three in the NFL in each of the previous three years.

An NFL offensive coach explained how playing from behind caused Jackson problems, via Fowler:

"He's actually gotten a lot better as a passer. But if you play that way [with a run-heavy attack] and it's a close game and you're down, it's really hard to win, because you're asked to do what you only minor in, not major in, and that's passing the ball when they know you are gonna pass it."

Jackson did have four fourth-quarter comebacks after totaling just two in his first three seasons combined, but he was a lot less efficient while producing an 87.0 quarterback rating.

The 25-year-old suddenly has a lot of pressure on him going into 2022 in the final year of his current contract.


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