In his first full season as the Baltimore Ravens‘ starting quarterback, Lamar Jackson broke through with a historic campaign that will likely land him the MVP award. However, the Ravens fell short in the divisional round of the playoffs against the Tennessee Titans, which brought forth negative focus around his shortcomings. Regardless of that chatter, Jackson has voiced what he believes he must do to make that next step towards reaching the Super Bowl.
Lamar Jackson’s 2019 season
In the months heading into the 2019 season, there were lingering questions about whether Jackson could continue to lead the Ravens to sustained success. He silenced those doubters and much more as Baltimore finished the regular season with the best record while putting forth a historic individual campaign.
could continue to lead the Ravens to sustained success. He silenced those doubters and much more as Baltimore finished the regular season with the best record while putting forth a historic individual campaign.
Jackson broke many NFL records along the way that saw him make some marked improvements with his passing ability. He led the league with 36 touchdown passes to just six interceptions, first with an 81.9 quarterback rating, and held a 113.3 passer rating. Jackson was a massive factor with his legs as well, breaking Michael Vick’s quarterback rushing record as he recorded 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. Jackson was the driving force to the league’s highest-scoring offense that also saw them become the first team to average more than 200 rushing yards per game.
Despite all that, the Ravens fell short in the playoffs against the Titans. That has led many to focus on his shortcomings in that game to mentally erase everything that he put forth the entire season. Jackson has continued to ignore the criticism thrown his way but did voice where he believes he must improve.
What Lamar Jackson believes he needs to improve
The Ravens’ loss to the Titans has brought the criticism back onto Jackson’s ability as a passer as he had his struggles in the playoffs.
It wasn’t entirely on him with several dropped passes, but it’s an area of his game that he has voiced that he believes he can get better in every regard, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.
“Everything. I’m not the best, I’m not the greatest. I’m going into my third year, and I’m trying to get somewhere. I’m trying to get to the Super Bowl. So I gotta work on everything.”
That isn’t to diminish the significant progress he made in that area in the 2019 season as he finished third in the league in passer rating while leading the NFL in passing touchdowns and held a career-high 66.1% completion rate. Jackson has made some huge strides forward in his throwing ability, which is something that he has the drive to continue to improve ahead of his third year.
It’s something that he will continue to improve his craft throughout his career, as any other NFL quarterback will do over the offseason. Jackson is no different, but he realizes how crucial that is for him to take the next step of his maturation at the position.
Lamar Jackson leads Ravens’ bright future ahead
There is no questioning that Jackson has elevated himself to being regarded as one of the best players in the league.
He has also become one of the most exciting players to watch behind his stellar play with his arm and legs. Jackson has the internal motivation to improve and set forth him breaking out in a significant way in the 2019 season, which has an entire offseason to further hone in on his ability as a passer.
Jackson anchors the Ravens’ future as their centerpiece on offense that could see them experience a tremendous amount of success for years to come that may see him reach that mountaintop sooner than later.