In his first full season as the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, Lamar Jackson lifted the franchise to a tremendous amount of success. He not helped make the Ravens into one of the top teams in the league, but also one of the most exciting teams to watch. Jackson‘s play also helped him earn much recognition as being one of the best players in the NFL, especially after capturing the MVP award. He has now aided the franchise in another manner that wasn’t initially anticipated.
Lamar Jackson’s breakout 2019 season
It was nothing short of a phenomenal campaign for Jackson in his second year in the league as he put forth historical production.
The 23-year-old had entered the season with plenty of questions concerning his heavy usage of his legs in the running game, and he responded with an impressive year that saw him break numerous records. Jackson also proved to be more than a capable passer as he led the NFL with 36 touchdown passes to just six interceptions while finishing first with an 81.9 quarterback rating, and held a 113.3 passer rating.
Jackson was just as effective if not greater running the ball as he broke Michael Vick’s quarterback single-season rushing record as he had 1,206 rushing yards. He’s also the first player in league history to notch at least 30 touchdown passes and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.
He helped guide the Ravens to being the highest-scoring offense that also saw them become the first team to average more than 200 rushing yards per game. Although Baltimore’s season came to a disappointing close in the playoffs, it hasn’t stopped the strong influence Jackson has had on the franchise into the offseason.
How Lamar Jackson is helping the Ravens
The 2019 season may be in the books, but it hasn’t stopped Jackson’s impact on the franchise from continuing to roll over.
Baltimore is in position to garner more financial gains from the team’s promising future ahead with their star quarterback heading the charge. According to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, the team has decided to raise the home-game ticket prices 6.45%percent for the 2020 season.
The Ravens informed those buyers that their seats are going to cost a little more this year. The team said the average increase in prices is 6.45 percent with the price of some seats going up more, some going up less and others remaining flat.
The Ravens have also announced that there will not be any ticket price increases for the 2021 season. Baltimore’s decision to raise the pricing likely came due to their desire to capitalize on Jackson and the team’s performance last year.
The expectations are that they will be among the top teams in the league once again. Although the schedules have yet to be released for next season, their list of opponents at home will include the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Cincinnati Bengals.
What to expect from Lamar Jackson, Ravens in 2020
With his first full season as the starter under his belt, that will provide plenty of game tape for opponents to game plan against Jackson and the Ravens offense.
The NFL has proven over the years that they can adjust to any offensive scheme, be it the Wildcat formation to run-pass option plays. There should be more teams adopting the approach that the Titans had against the Ravens defensively in the playoffs.
That puts more pressure on Jackson to continue to develop into an all-around talent on the field. Teams will be prepared for him this time around next season, which will be interesting to see if he can hit that next gear to take his game to the next level if he hopes to guide the Ravens to Super Bowl contention.