Ravens news: Lamar Jackson opens up on his running vs. the Packers
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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson opens up on his running vs. the Packers

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Although his time was brief, it did not take long for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson to make his presence felt in Week 2 of the preseason versus the Green Bay Packers. He managed to provide the highlight of the day with a 14-yard scramble for a touchdown.

Unfortunately, Jackson’s run was called back due to a penalty by wide receiver Willie Snead. Regardless, the second-year quarterback was happy to take what the Packers’ defense was giving him, via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk:

“Basically [it was] what the defense gave me,” Jackson said in his postgame press conference. “They gave me the opportunity to run, squeezing out the edges, gave me the middle lane. I just took advantage.”

Jackson’s run is a reminder of how he took the league by storm during the 2018 campaign. The Ravens had made quite the investment by trading up to take him in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. They officially started a new era under center after parting ways with quarterback Joe Flacco this offseason.

Of course, their primary concern will be ensuring Jackson’s health for the start of the 2019 NFL season. Baltimore is well aware of his ability to make plays with his legs. While his versatility as both a runner and passer will continue to bring an explosive dynamic to this offense, Jackson’s success will largely be predicated on his decision-making and how often he decides to tuck and run as opposed to staying in the pocket and delivering a throw.