As QB decision looms, Lamar Jackson feels he hasn’t done enough

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Lamar Jackson contributed a couple of touchdowns, set another NFL record and helped put the Baltimore Ravens back in the playoff race.

So, if Joe Flacco is healthy enough to return this week, does Jackson feel he has proven he should remain the starting quarterback?

“I don’t feel I’ve done enough,” Jackson said after Sunday’s 34-17 win over the Oakland Raiders. “There’s always room for improvement.”

Jackson is ticked off about his two interceptions. He wasn’t efficient in the passing game (14-of-25) after hearing all week about the questions concerning his throwing ability.

Still, Jackson is 2-0 as an NFL starter, leading the Ravens to their current spot as the No. 6 seed in the AFC. His 190 yards rushing are the most in a quarterback’s first two starts in the Super Bowl era. And he threw the Ravens’ longest pass of the season, a 74-yard toss to tight end Mark Andrews.7

“He’s got a winning spirit,” wide receiver Michael Crabtree said. “Everything he does, he does well. He practices hard, you can’t beat that. He’s only going up from here. I am just a witness and a receiver, at his disposal.”

After Jackson’s first start, the major storyline was that he ran 27 times, the most by a quarterback in the Super Bowl era. In the first half Sunday, it seemed like Jackson was determined he can win with his arm instead of his legs. He threw 18 times (one fewer than his entire game last Sunday) and was picked off nike

Jackson forced a pass over the middle, where the twice-deflected throw was intercepted. And, when he needed only a few yards for a field goal late in the first half, Jackson threw a deep pass to Crabtree that was again tipped and picked off.

“I was ticked off. I was like, ‘Man, we have to throw some more. You all have to let me make up for that and get the ball to those guys,'” Jackson said. “And I felt like I missed open passes that I should have hit.”

After halftime, Jackson and the Ravens showed they are at their best when keeping it on the ground. In the second half, Baltimore ran for 178 yards, including 60 on Jackson’s nine carries.