Ravens' Lamar Jackson Says He Has to Improve 'Everything': 'I'm Not the Best'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2020

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs out of the pocket against the Tennessee Titans during the first half an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback and likely NFL MVP Lamar Jackson said Wednesday that he believes he needs to improve across the board ahead of the 2020 season. 

According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, when asked at Pro Bowl practice what areas he feels he needs to make strides in Jackson said: "Everything. I'm not the best, I'm not the greatest. I'm going into my third year, and I'm trying to get somewhere. I'm trying to get to the Super Bowl. So I gotta work on everything."

While Jackson put up impressive numbers and led the Ravens to a 14-2 record during the regular season, they suffered a home upset against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Divisional Round.

As a rookie, Jackson went 6-1 as a starter and led the Ravens to the playoffs, but some still questioned his ability as a passer after he completed just 58.2 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and three interceptions.

Jackson silenced many of his critics during the 2019 regular season by upping his completion percentage to 66.1 percent and throwing for 3,127 yards, an NFL-leading 36 touchdowns and just six picks. He also continued to dominate on the ground by setting a single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,206 to go along with seven scores.

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The first-team All-Pro selection wasn't the same during Baltimore's playoff loss to Tennessee, though, as he completed just 52.5 percent of his passes for 365 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, although he did rush for 143 yards.

Jackson's yardage numbers were there, but he made some uncharacteristic mistakes. He also suffered from his receivers dropping some catchable passes, and the gameplan didn't play to his strengths, as he threw the ball 59 times.

The Ravens set a single-season NFL record with 3,296 rushing yards as a team, but aside from Jackson making things happen with his legs on scrambles, they were unable to establish the run against the Titans.

Jackson is just 23 years of age and has to continue making improvements like any young quarterback, but the biggest key to the Heisman Trophy winner improving on his 0-2 career playoff record next season is the Ravens sticking with what made them successful during the regular season.

There are times when game scripts don't work in a team's favor and they get forced into throwing the ball more after falling behind, but the Ravens gave just nine carries combined to running backs Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards in the loss to Tennessee, which is not a recipe for success.

If the Ravens can get back to what they do best and get Jackson some more outside weapons in addition to the natural progression he'll likely make, he has a legitimate chance to be even better in 2020.


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