The Baltimore Ravens do not plan on letting Lamar Jackson sit on the bench all season. Joe Flacco will be the starting quarterback in 2018, but Jackson is too dynamic a playmaker to not use.
During rookie minicamp, the Ravens have been experimenting with ways to get Jackson the football.
“We do it in the laboratory,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Saturday, according to BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink. “We do it on the practice field. We ran a lot of stuff out here today you guys probably saw. We’re going to always try to get our players making plays for us, and Lamar is a guy that can help us win games.”
The Ravens coaching staff has plenty of experience with players like Jackson. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and quarterbacks coach James Urban worked with Michael Vick in Philadelphia, and assistant head coach Greg Roman was Colin Kaepernick’s offensive coordinator in San Francisco.
Jackson’s main focus is on developing as a NFL quarterback, but he is all for utilizing his game-breaking ability if it helps Baltimore win games this season.
“They want me on the field to utilize my talent and be a quarterback,” Jackson said. “So, it’s cool with me.”
The Ravens would not be putting their best team forward if they chose to strand Jackson on the bench. In his three years at Louisville, Jackson completed 57 percent of his passes and threw for 9,043 yards and 69 touchdowns. He rushed 4,132 yards and 50 more scores on 655 carries. His video game-like numbers won him the Heisman Trophy in 2016 and made him the runner-up in 2017.