Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens took the field on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams looking for their second-straight win of the 2018 NFL preseason. The former Louisville football superstar helped lead the Ravens to a 33-7 win, capped-off with his impressive nine-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. If you didn’t get a chance to see his Heisman-esque play from Thursday night, I’ve got you covered below:
This dude Lamar Jackson is going be hard to stop.pic.twitter.com/vO90TnmUzF
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 10, 2018
I think everyone understands that it’s going to take some time for Jackson to adjust to to the professional game, which is why I wasn’t too concerned with his play from Thursday night against the Rams. Sure, the touchdown run was pretty dang exciting, but he did only finish 7/18 passing with 119 yards and two sacks. Needless to say, there’s still a ton of room for improvement.
It’s tough to evaluate a player based on two preseason games, but it seems pretty clear that Joe Flacco will remain the Ravens starting quarterback to begin the 2018 season. Since Baltimore drafted Jackson back in April, the veteran quarterback has upped his intensity off-the-field, hoping to thwart the former Heisman Trophy winner from taking his job.
Even as a die-hard Louisville fan, I can’t say I disagree with Baltimore giving Flacco the nod to start the year. He’s won the Super Bowl as the QB of the Ravens, and at least for right now, he’s clearly a better passer than Jackson. I believe Lamar will ultimately be a better overall quarterback than Flacco, but it’s just going to take time.
Until then, it’s going to be a ton of fun to see Jackson mature into an NFL-caliber quarterback over the next few years. He’s going to take his bumps and bruises, but man, he’s going to be one heck of a player.
Thankfully, the Ravens third preseason game on August 20th will be broadcast on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. against the Indianapolis Colts. Who knows how many times we’ll get to see Jackson on national television in 2018, so make sure you don’t miss this chance to watch our former star quarterback on Monday Night Football.
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.