Lamar Jackson expected to make first start

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The Ravens are expected to start Lamar Jackson at quarterback Sunday against the Bengals, according to multiple reports. It would be the first-round draft pick’s first career start.

Starter Joe Flacco, who was listed as doubtful with his hip injury, is not expected to play.

Flacco has a hip injury, but he does not need surgery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Flacco also could miss next week’s game against the Raiders, but his injury is not considered long term.

Late this week, it appeared Robert Griffin III might have to start after the Ravens sent Jackson to the hospital Thursday with an illness.

But Jackson apparently is healthy enough to play.

Jackson has played 86 offensive snaps this season, but his only extended time at quarterback came in mop-up duty against the Bills in the season opener.

“He’s working every day, right through training camp, right through the season, at practice, and then extra after practice, meetings,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said earlier this week. “[He’s a] very diligent, very smart, very aware quarterback. He sees the game well, and then now all the process that goes into just training that eye has been valuable. So, we have seen improvement, and in practice, he looks good.”

23 responses to “Lamar Jackson expected to make first start

  1. I for one am I excited to see Action Jackson play. It’s been a long time since there was a true dual threat QB in the league like Vick.

  2. Mr. Griffin III must have been signed to play the role of the scout team in practice. Of course, he has not had any game action in at least a season and a half, so perhaps Mr. Jackson is the better choice.

    Starting against that Bengals defense might be a plus…

  3. When have the Ravens ever been even half-honest about Flacco’s injuries? I suspect he will need further surgery but they hope by resting him they can push it to the offseason. I also suspect it’s more than just his “hip” – that may be where some of the pain is but he’s probably aggravated his lower back again on that side. Ravens fans will know I’ve been far more accurate than the team’s pronouncements on this since Joe first injured his back July last year. Backs are nasty injuries – I speak from experience.

  4. “I for one am I excited to see Action Jackson play. It’s been a long time since there was a true dual threat QB in the league like Vick.”

    must have missed Cam Newton, DeShaun Watson and Russell Wilson but ok..

  5. vaphinfan says:
    November 18, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Will he be benched after 3rd or 4th int?
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    Will he even throw 4 passes in the game? I predict hand off, hand off, wildcat, hand off, wildcat, etc.

  6. At least we will get back to running the ball and maybe get a reset for our offense – that said our Defense is 100% healthy and they have no excuse for not dominating the Bengals in this game!

  7. NHPats says:
    November 18, 2018 at 4:22 am
    I for one am I excited to see Action Jackson play. It’s been a long time since there was a true dual threat QB in the league like Vick.
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    To be a dual threat QB by definition you need to do both things well. Jackson doesn’t qualify.

  8. deathonwings410 says:
    November 18, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    This will open up the Ravens running game. I expect Alex Collins to have a big game.
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    Open up the running game? The Bengals will have 9 men in the box all day against QB who can’t throw.

  9. Lamar missed a wide open Willie Snead a couple of weeks ago. it was 3rd down and would have gone for 30-40 yards…It was a throw anyone on this board could have made. This wasn’t an NFL 3rd read or a back shoulder throw…this was a throw you make when warming up…so…

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