As preseason opens, Lamar Jackson makes big leap as passer

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This was not only Jackson’s best pass in the two days of joint practices with the Jaguars, but the type of throw which has provided so much optimism going forward.

“I think the guys are all rallying around seeing how much improvement he’s made,” backup quarterback Robert Griffin III said.

As Baltimore opens the preseason against Jacksonville on Thursday night, the theme of Ravens training camp has been Jackson exceeding expectations as a passer.

He has made strides since last season, when he led Baltimore to the AFC North title more on the strength of his legs than his arm. What has excited teammates even more is the progress Jackson has made since the offseason workouts in the spring.

No one is comparing Jackson to Drew Brees or any other Pro Bowl quarterback. Jackson is still climbing a learning curve leading up to the regular season.10

There has just been fewer wobbly passes and a decreasing amount of throws that make you scratch your head. In two practices against the Jaguars, Jackson was a combined 29-of-43 passing (67.4 percent) in 7-on-7 and team drills.

“I think he gets pegged as a guy who can’t throw the ball and all of that, but you come out to practice and that’s all we do,” Andrews said. “That’s all we’re doing is throwing the ball. He puts the ball in incredible spots, and he’s such a dynamic player. He has that special ‘it’ factor about him, and again, he’s special, and there’s really no other word to describe him. He’s incredible.”

How much Jackson throws the ball this season is uncertain. The Ravens’ philosophy under offensive coordinator Greg Roman will continue to revolve around the nike nfl jerseys wholesale

But Baltimore will need Jackson to step up as a passer if it wants to contend for a Super Bowl title. In seven starts after taking over for Joe Flacco, Jackson eclipsed 60 percent passing twice and topped 200 yards passing once.

What has stood out to veteran cornerback Brandon Carr is Jackson’s improvement in processing the passing game.

“For a second-year quarterback, I just watch his progressions and how he goes through his reads,” Carr said. “He gets from one to four real quick. That’s remarkable to see that big jump in his sophomore year. That’s what you look for in a quarterback. He’s making all the right strides for us.”

For Griffin, the biggest growth for Jackson is in his timing and rhythm. Jackson knows the purpose of the play and then executes it.