It seems like forever since we’ve last seen some football action, but that’s going to change on Thursday night as the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears are all set to square off in the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. While we’ll all be excited to see two teams go at it on the gridiron, Cardinals fans everywhere will be glued to their television sets as Lamar Jackson will make his professional debut at quarterback for the Ravens.
Yes, I understand it’s only the first week of the NFL preseason, but it’s still a big deal, especially in this part of the country. Not only is each and every week of Baltimore’s preseason schedule a chance for Jackson to prove his haters wrong, but this is the professional debut of Louisville’s lone Heisman Trophy winner. If this doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will.
After doing some research regarding the Ravens plans for Jackson this Thursday night, it seems as though he’s going to see a large workload. Since it’s only the first week of play, the chances of starting quarterback, Joe Flacco, playing are very slim, which means Jackson and Robert Griffin III will see plenty of snaps against the Bears.
Even though Jackson will be suiting up against Chicago’s second and third-string defensive units, it’s still important that he manages the game well from behind center and showcases his ability to make tough throws. We must understand, there’s no way Jackson will win the starting job by excelling against Chicago alone, but it’ll definitely give Baltimore’s coaching staff confidence in his ability moving forward.
As we all know, the more a coaching staff believes in a quarterback’s ability to play, the more he’ll see action on the field. Not to mention, when you have a player as talented as Lamar Jackson, the coaches will always find a reason to put him in the game, one way or another.
Once again, it’s an exciting time to be a Louisville football fan. We have the opportunity to watch, arguably, the most exciting college football player ever suit up for the Ravens this Thursday night and as it turns out, he used to wear the black and red. Needless to say, I can’t wait.
That said, make sure you’re in front of the television Thursday night at 8:00 PM for Jackson’s NFL debut. You don’t want to be the person who misses it.
Derek Snyder joined as a contributor for TheCardinalConnect.com in April of 2018. He previously covered everything Louisville Cardinals as the Site-Expert for BigRedLouie.com in 2016. Follow Derek on Twitter @dcolesny10.