Lamar Jackson
QB BAL (8)
Tue 5/4/21 10:13 AM

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman says the Ravens have built a more balanced attack around Jackson after adding WRs Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace in the 2021 NFL Draft, Clifton Brown of the team's official website reports.
EDGE Analysis
When an NFL offensive coordinator discusses 'balance', he's usually referring to establishing a run game to complement the pass. In this case, it's the other way around, with Jackson (among others) expressing frustration at the increasingly predictable nature of Baltimore's offense. The drafting of Bateman (first round) and Wallace (fourth) was preceded by the signing of Sammy Watkins, but the Ravens did also take a big hit this offseason when they traded star OT Orlando Brown to the AFC rival Chiefs. Roman expects Jackson and the rest of the passing game to take a "big step" forward this year, noting that he plans to make more schematic changes than he did last offseason.

Lamar Jackson
QB BAL (8)
Fri 4/30/21 3:57 PM

The Ravens are picking up the fifth-year option on Jackson's rookie contract, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Jackson is now scheduled for a $23.016 million base salary in 2022, though it's guaranteed for injury only. The option gives Baltimore more leverage in negotiations on a long-term contract, which seems to be the ultimate goal for both parties. Offseason additions Rashod Bateman and Sammy Watkins give Jackson the best receiving corps he's ever had, while the Ravens' offensive line looks shaky for the first time in his young career.

Lamar Jackson
QB BAL (8)
Tue 4/27/21 6:53 PM

Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens are expected to pick up the fifth-year option on Jackson's rookie contract, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.
EDGE Analysis
With an MVP award and two 1,000-yard rushing seasons under his belt through three years with Baltimore, Jackson is poised to get a payday sooner rather than later. If the Ravens make the aforementioned move by May 3, his contract will be $23.1 million in 2022, but the team also may want to lock him up long-term in the near future, as has been intimated this offseason. Jackson has a new weapon in the passing game via free agent Sammy Watkins, and the Ravens may also use draft capital to improve the receiving corps, which would give Jackson a good chance to surpass 3,000 yards through the air for the second time in his career this fall.

Lamar Jackson
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Tue 3/30/21 9:23 AM6 Comments

Jackson has a new option in the passing game with Baltimore's recent addition of Sammy Watkins, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.
EDGE Analysis
Baltimore missed out on the top-of-market receivers, instead bringing in Watkins after two weeks of free agency. The signing isn't likely to revolutionize the Ravens offense, but Watkins should at least pose more of a downfield threat than Willie Snead, who recently left Baltimore to sign with Las Vegas. While Watkins now joins Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews as the Ravens' main receiving threats, Jackson could get another weapon from the NFL Draft at the end of April.

Lamar Jackson
QB BAL (8)
Wed 1/20/21 2:53 PM

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that he's "totally certain" the Ravens will sign Jackson (concussion) to an extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
While his 2020 campaign wasn't nearly as impressive as his MVP effort in 2019, the 24-year-old quarterback led Baltimore to the playoffs for a third straight year, improving his record to 30-9-0 as a starter in the regular season. Jackson's status as a first-round pick allows the Ravens to extend his rookie contract through 2022 with a fifth-year option, which means the extension Harbaugh is promising may not actually get done until next year. Rapoport relays that the team will at least start those conversations this offseason.

Lamar Jackson
QB BAL (8)
Mon 1/18/21 12:11 PM

The Ravens and Jackson (concussion) are expected to begin discussions regarding a contract extension this offseason, Ryan Mink & Joe Schiller of the team's official site report.
EDGE Analysis
The Ravens are first expected to lock up Jackson's services through the 2022 season by picking up his fifth-year option, at which point discussions will turn toward a long-term deal. The 2018 first-round pick has delivered a playoff berth in each of his three seasons under center in Baltimore, in addition to earning the NFL's MVP award in 2019. There's plenty of recent precedent for young franchise players signing such contracts, with Patrick Mahomes (10-year, $503 million) and Deshaun Watson (four-year, $156 million) both having inked their lucrative extensions as they went into their fourth season, just as Jackson is now.

Lamar Jackson
QB BAL (8)
Sat 1/16/21 10:56 PM

Jackson suffered a concussion and won't return to Saturday's divisional-round playoff game at Buffalo.
EDGE Analysis
The 2018 first-round pick suffered the concussion on the last play of the third quarter when his head hit the ground hard while being tackled after a desperation throwaway on a broken play. Jackson completed 14 of 24 passes for 162 yards with one interception and rushed nine times for 34 yards before leaving the contest. Replacement quarterback Tyler Huntley will need to overcome a 17-3 deficit with less than six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter if the Ravens are to advance to the AFC Championship Game.

Lamar Jackson
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Sat 1/16/21 10:43 PM

Jackson left Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the Bills to be evaluated for a concussion.
EDGE Analysis
The 24-year-old had to chase down an erratic snap on the final play of the third quarter, and his head hit the ground hard while being tackled on a desperation throwaway. It's a disaster scenario for the Ravens, which comes only a couple plays after Taron Johnson picked off Jackson in the end zone and returned it 101 yards for a touchdown. Tyler Huntley will try to engineer a comeback for Baltimore with Jackson going through the concussion protocol.

Lamar Jackson
QB BAL (8)
Sun 1/10/21 4:00 PM

Jackson completed 17 of 24 passes for 179 yards and an interception, but rushed 16 times for 136 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-13 wild-card win over the Titans.
EDGE Analysis
Jackson earned the first playoff victory of his career with a stellar performance on the ground. The signal-caller came up big on a third-and-nine late in the second quarter, turning the jets on to score from 48 yards. That play helped compensate for a badly underthrown interception earlier. With the weight of securing a postseason win now off his shoulders, Jackson will turn his attention to the AFC divisional round, where his opponent is yet to be determined.

Lamar Jackson
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Sun 1/3/21 5:19 PM

Jackson completed 10 of 18 pass attempts for 113 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Ravens' Week 17 win over the Bengals. He added 11 rushes for 97 yards.
EDGE Analysis
Jackson torched the Bengals with both his arm and legs, completing touchdowns of 43, 18 and nine yards. He also ripped off four runs of 10 yards or more, surpassing 1,000 rushing yards for the second consecutive season. Though Jackson wasn't able to replicate his exceptionally efficient 2019 campaign from a touchdown perspective, he still managed to top 30 total touchdowns. He'll look to earn a playoff victory next, something he failed to do in the 2019 season.