OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Lamar Jackson was asked if he would be careful running the ball after dealing with injury concerns the last two games.
The Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback instantly started laughing.
“I’m going to put it all on the line,” Jackson explained. “I want to acquire. I hate losing. Another week, you have to deal with it. I want to win no matter. In case it happens, it’s going to occur. I’ve been good so far.”
Jackson has run 67 days in his first 4 starts, shattering the Super Bowl-era record for some efforts by a quarterback in his first 4 starts. This has repeatedly raised the debate perhaps the risk of injury would be well worth the reward of a play , especially after he missed time the last two weeks because of health concerns.
On Dec. 2, he missed an eight-minute series in Atlanta after being put into concussion protocol. Jackson, that was later cleared, was hit in the head by left handle Ronnie Stanley‘s foot at the conclusion of a jog.
Jackson laid while being chased after suffering an ankle injury, last Sunday. He had been pumped out for the final two plays of the game , but x rays had been negative. Jackson was listed this week.
Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin III, that previously owned the record for most rushing attempts by a quarterback in his first 4 starts, believes Jackson is becoming better at protecting himself.
“I don’t know if he will be in a position to fully knock out it this year, however, I presume he has heard a bit about getting down and avoid some of the strikes,” Griffin explained. “He’ll learn those 2 yards onto that first-down play is not quite as essential as you being available and your ankle and also mind maybe not hurting on down second. Sometimes, second-and-10 is much far better compared to second-and-8 in the event that you’re able to help save .”
Since he turned into a starter one month 21, jackson’s 336 yards represent almost a quarter of the crime of Baltimore. Of those Ravens’ four rushes over 20 metres this past season, Jackson has accounted for all of them.
The issue with the most runner of Jackson being team is that it exposes him to hits. Jackson’s 9-6 carries this season would be the 14th-most last decade, and he is on pace to surpass Cam Newton‘s 139 rush efforts in 2017 for the majority by a quarterback since 2008.
Would the Ravens need Jackson to slide more often?
“Right now, I’m not focused on this,” coach John Harbaugh said. “I want to get the game. This ’so that which we’re. Keeping it easy”
If he chooses, the Ravens have established some ground rules for Jackson. Beyond your amounts, you receive as many yards as possible before going out of bounds. Between the amounts, you run and soon you anticipate contact, then you return seriously to avoid a winner — unless you think you can score.
“It’s very simple this manner, however a bit simpler said than done in the NFL,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “Thus, some of that will adventure. A number of we , that ’ll continue to emphasize it. Lamar is a fantastic decision-maker, in order that’ll come.”
The Ravens know first hand how quarterbacks that are running can become hurt. Griffin and Michael Vick was pumped out by Baltimore defenders.
In August 2003, Vick fractured his right fibula on a handle by Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas. Vick was scrambling to convert a third down and he was sidelined for the first 11 matches of that season.
Nine decades after, Griffin was running late in the fourth quarter, even when Baltimore defensive handle Haloti Ngata hit on his knee after having a 13-yard gain. Griffin later came back to the line up however reinjured his knee seriously during a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
“I can tell him until my face is gloomy. You’re able to tell him we are able to tell him” Griffin explained. “However he’s got to find out on his own. I believe he is starting to learn it. He’s not obstinate that he’s not going to accomplish that. You’d to untrain a few things. He is in the process of doing that. If your life time you’ve been able to outrun out-juke and everybody everybody and jump over guys, and somebody else is letting you know that you will need to slide.
Griffin may possibly offer to take on sliding, and so they’ll require some lessons.