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Grading Ravens QB Lamar Jackson through five weeks

Lamar Jackson, Ravens

It has been a roller-coaster season for Lamar Jackson. The Baltimore Ravens drafted Jackson to be their franchise quarterback and this is his first season in that role. If you look at Jackson’s numbers, they are not terrible. He has thrown for 1,271 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Those numbers are deceiving. Jackson has led the Ravens to a 3-2 record and they sit at the top of a poor AFC North.

Let’s breakdown Jackson’s season. He has 11 touchdowns but five of them came in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins. From Week 2 on, Jackson has thrown for six touchdowns and five interceptions in four games. Over the last two weeks, his season has started to trend downward.

The Cleveland Browns marched into Baltimore and beat the Ravens 40-25 in a game where Jackson was picked off twice. In their most recent win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson was sacked five times and threw three interceptions.

The Louisville product mocked the notion that he was a running back after beating the Dolphins. He received the game ball and did a running back pose when it was announced.

Week 1 seems like an eternity ago and it was against one of the worst teams in recent memory. Jackson has been knocked back down to Earth after that game. He is looking like a running back playing quarterback.

Jackson has run 50 times this year for 308 yards. There is no doubt that he is a tremendous athlete and one of the fastest players in the league. As for a quarterback, he is not an established passer yet. He has not proven that he can lead a team using his arm.

Grading Jackson is hard because he started out hot and cooled down very quickly. His team is 3-2 and in first place.

That has to be taken into account and is the reason he is in the B range. As the season progresses, this grade will vary depending on how he throws the football and if he can be consistent.

The Ravens are in a position to win the division because of how weak it is. In the postseason, Baltimore will need Jackson to be able to throw the ball to win.

Lamar Jackson’s Season Grade: B-