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Ravens’ John Harbaugh wants Lamar Jackson to improve ball protection

Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson has done a good job in his first few starts but there is one area that coach John Harbaugh would like to see him improve on, turning the ball over. In his three starts, he has turned the ball over four times, and although they have won all three of his starts, it seems he is just playing with fire with the turnovers.

The Ravens take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and that means every possession is going to be more important with how many points the Chiefs can score.

“I’d like to see us protect the football a little bit better than we have in the last few weeks,” coach John Harbaugh said via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “That’ll be really critical in this game, I think, the turnovers, both ways. Those are some things to work on, too.”

Jackson has fumbled five times in 54 rushes this season and he knows to reduce the number of those he needs to hold onto the ball tight.

“Hold on to the ball tight,” Jackson said. “The ball hit my thigh [last game] — I fumbled. One, I’m trying to keep the ball in my hands, break out the pocket — no fumble. We can’t have those. We just can’t be risking that down the field. That’s a great team we’re about to play, and we’re just going to try to do a good job and keep the ball in our hands.”

Harbaugh said that the team has worked extra with the team this week on the fumbling and the hope is that will carry over and help lead the Ravens to a victory.