Ravens "Very Happy" With Lamar Jackson

Joe Flacco remains the starter, but Lamar Jackson has been "as advertised," John Eisenberg said

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July 27, 2018 - 8:18 am

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The Baltimore Ravens drafted Lamar Jackson in the first round of the NFL Draft, and it’s easy to see why. Jackson might be the most physically gifted quarterback to enter the NFL in a generation – and those gifts are on full display at training camp.

“He’s been pretty much as advertised,” BaltimoreRavens.com columnist John Eisenberg said on Ferrall on the Bench. “He came in, and I think he was a little raw and he didn't know the offense obviously – he was a rookie – so he was behind a little bit at minicamp. But I’d say he’s improved. The Ravens have been very happy with him. He has been very professional, studious, worked hard, he comes early, he stays late – he is into it. They're happy with that. They think he's getting better. His passes – not that they were fluttering before, but they’re definitely more of a tight spiral now. The best part about Lamar is when things break down, he makes something happen. He ducks out of there. It’s pretty exciting to watch. 

“It needs to be said, though, that he is not the starting quarterback – and he’s not going to be,” Eisenberg continued. “The Ravens have been clear about that from the very beginning, and that’s not changing. Flacco is still the starting quarterback.”

At least for now. After throwing 38 touchdowns and 33 interceptions over the last two seasons, Flacco is very much on the hot seat.

“No question about it,” Eisenberg said. “That’s why they drafted Lamar. (His numbers haven’t) been very good the last few years. There’s no way you can change those numbers. They’re not good.”

In Flacco’s defense, he’s had health issues, underwhelming weapons at receiver, and, at least in 2016, a non-existent running game.

“He’s definitely dealt with some things over the last few years,” Eisenberg said. “He didn’t have very good receivers around him, and certainly two years ago the running game wasn’t good. The whole offense in Baltimore has been something of a rough situation. There is no question anyone who's been around Flacco can see he is moving better, his back has healed, his legs have healed, there’s no knee brace – he’s having a tremendous, tremendous training camp. He really, really looks good.”

The Ravens open the season at home against Buffalo on Sept. 9. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.