John Harbaugh very impressed by Lamar Jackson in Ravens’ training camp
Second-year Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is entering training camp with sky-high expectations, trying to build on his impressive rookie season. Head coach John Harbaugh likes what he’s seeing from his young QB.
Via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley on Twitter:
“I thought he looked really good. I was very impressed. We’ll see the tape and we’ll see if it’s justified or not.”
Lamar Jackson, 22, was selected by Baltimore with the last pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft after a Heisman Trophy career at the University of Louisville. Jackson replaced longtime Ravens QB—and Super Bowl champion—Joe Flacco by mid-November in the 2018 season after the then-33-year-old Flacco went down with a hip injury.
The 6-foot-2 Jackson started the remainder of the regular season, with Flacco eventually returning from injury but remaining on the Ravens’ sidelines. Jackson and Baltimore lost to the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC Wild Card Game. Jackson threw two touchdowns and one interception in his sole postseason game.
The Ravens, coached by John Harbaugh, traded Flacco to the Denver Broncos in the offseason for a fifth-round pick in last spring’s draft. With that move, the changing of the guard was complete. Jackson is intended to be Baltimore’s franchise QB for years to come, hopefully building on last year’s 10-6 season and first-round playoff exit.
Jackson threw for 1,201 yards, six touchdowns, and a 58.2% completion rate for the Ravens last season. A dynamic athlete, Jackson also rushed for 695 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. The Super Bowl champion coach, John Harbaugh, is entering his 12th season in charge of the Ravens.