Lamar Jackson: Defense gave me opportunity to run, I took it

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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson‘s ability to make plays with his feet was on full display against the Packers on Thursday night.

Jackson stuck to throwing the ball in the team’s preseason opener, but he ran the ball three times against Green Bay. The best of those runs didn’t wind up in the final box score.

It was a 14-yard touchdown sprint that saw Jackson leap over a Packer defender on his way to the end zone, but a penalty on wideout Willie Snead meant the six points came off the board. Hurdling defensive players may not be what teams want to see from quarterbacks in the preseason, but Jackson said “I have to make you miss” if he’s running and the defense left him no choice on that play.

“Basically [it was] what the defense gave me,” Jackson said in his postgame press conference. “They gave me the opportunity to run, squeezing out the edges, gave me the middle lane. I just took advantage.”

Head coach John Harbaugh said after the game that the Ravens aren’t trying to run Jackson in the preseason, but “you can’t hold him back forever” and called watching Jackson slice through the defense “pretty awesome.” A perfect world might have Jackson waiting for Week One to take another jaunt like the touchdown run, but playing him against the Eagles next week means the Ravens have to be open to the possibility of an August encore.

40 responses to “Lamar Jackson: Defense gave me opportunity to run, I took it

  1. I always amuses me how players, coaches, the media, and fans get all worked up watching newer players perform so well in preseason. They’re playing against defenses that haven’t spent five minutes game-planning against them, and they’re playing against defenses stacked with non-starters. THe only thing that matters is not getting hurt. Period.

  2. LJ is progressing well in his 2nd year. He has a lot of haters, but I think the Ravens offense is going to be better than people expect.

  3. No dog in that particular fight, but I’m sort of rooting for this guy. He doesn’t cause drama, doesn’t talk about other players, etc. I still remember how he carried himself in the draft as he slid down the board – he stayed positive, supported other players, and didn’t walk away with a life-long grudge against every team that passed on him.

  4. streetyson says:
    August 16, 2019 at 7:53 am
    Tebow 2: The Flightless Bird.
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    Tebow didnt jump over defenders……he ran them over….

  5. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 16, 2019 at 7:11 am
    Take that Lamar haters!!
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    We already knew he could run. The problem is he can’t pass, which would be fine, if he wasn’t a “QB.”

  6. Lamar is not only likeable, he can throw a lot better than he gets credit for, especially on the run. And his arm strength is deceiving. Yes, this is the NFL and he will one day realize the target on him will subdue his escape routine. However, he is also a special guy that isn’t selfish. That goes a long way in the NFL and if he stays relatively healthy, as he matures he’ll likely settle into a running QB like Young was for the 49ers. I was a skeptic, but Lamar’s smile has a way of changing that. LJ may be the most exciting player to watch since Barry Sanders and hope he can continue for as long as possible.

  7. One has to remember the defense he was playing against.

    No offense to Lamar, but he was going up against the “new and improved” Packer defense.

    He’s used to scrimmaging the Ravens defense, which is much, much better.

  8. bomatdaman says:
    August 16, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Lamar is not only likeable, he can throw a lot better than he gets credit for, especially on the run. And his arm strength is deceiving. Yes, this is the NFL and he will one day realize the target on him will subdue his escape routine. However, he is also a special guy that isn’t selfish. That goes a long way in the NFL and if he stays relatively healthy, as he matures he’ll likely settle into a running QB like Young was for the 49ers. I was a skeptic, but Lamar’s smile has a way of changing that. LJ may be the most exciting player to watch since Barry Sanders and hope he can continue for as long as possible.

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    In a time frame where Pat Mahomes exists.
    In a time frame where Mike Vick existed.
    In a time frame where Ladanian Tomlinson played.
    In a time frame with Dante Hall and Devin Hester had amazing returns.
    Heck, even in a time frame where OBJ redefined how to catch and Antonio Brown turned the route tree and toe tapping into a science…

    I think we can stop acting like the last big time exciting player to watch was Barry Sanders. Barry was amazing, but for some reason football fans over 35 still act like there has been no excitement since Barry retired. (And before you guys get worked up, I am over 35 and live in Detroit, so I am living in ground zero of those comments)

  9. Why all the talk about Lamar potentially getting crushed and getting hurt. Luck has missed significant time and he’s a pocket QB, Carson Wentz, Rodgers, Garoppolo, and the list goes on. Its the NFL, some get hurt and some don’t. Atlanta Vick really wasn’t injury prone if you look at it 4/6 years he played at least 15 games. One of the two with less being his rookie year where they eased him in. How about we just see what happens with the kid?

  10. He’s a football player, he is gonna get hit, hopefully he protects himself while running, but don’t try and mitigate that part of his game, that’s what got him here. Let’s just see how this season goes before we determine his fate in the NFL please.

  11. His mechanics have looked so much better this year and that’s what you want to see. In Year 2, it’s all about processing information and cleaning up the little things. He already had a big arm, so this is a very nice development. Lamar’s right on time. Very likeable guy, so I don’t understand the disdain.

  12. The kid is impressive but if he doesn’t learn how to get through his progressions better he’s gonna get crushed eventually.

  13. I’m not understanding all the hate on Lamar. He is so humble and just loves playing the game. If you actually watched from last year (in which he was thrown into the starter role half way through the season) until now, he has progressed a lot with his throwing. He is only in his second year and first full year as a starter from the beginning of an off season. Are all his throws pretty no, but I haven’t seen a QB who has a 100% completion rate and every pass looks beautiful. Stop hating just to hate. Now, here comes the thumbs down LOL.

  14. Staying in the pocket and getting hit by a 300 lb. DL is a lot worse than running and getting hit by a 200 lb. DB. If a quarterback is agile enough to avoid contact, then it is even better to take off and run when the receivers are covered.

  15. Joe Webb ran through the Packers’ defense last week like a hot knife through swiss cheese. I’m detecting a pattern.

  16. Packers are a good team to run against since it seems from the blogs on their website, no one knows how to tackle. My take Mr LeFleur is going to lose a lot of hair this season because the team he inherited is average at best.
    Way to many what if players and this years draft picks look to be developmental types not ready to put on the pads and play pro ball types.
    I have them at 6-10 and thats being kind.

  17. “I think we can stop acting like the last big time exciting player to watch was Barry Sanders”

    No one is acting, he was.

  18. jaycitie says:
    August 16, 2019 at 11:26 am
    I’m not understanding all the hate on Lamar. He is so humble and just loves playing the game. If you actually watched from last year (in which he was thrown into the starter role half way through the season) until now, he has progressed a lot with his throwing. He is only in his second year and first full year as a starter from the beginning of an off season. Are all his throws pretty no, but I haven’t seen a QB who has a 100% completion rate and every pass looks beautiful. Stop hating just to hate. Now, here comes the thumbs down LOL.

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    If you think preseason is a harbinger of his future, you are in for a rude awakening.

  19. Don’t know why a lot of people are down on the guy. I might actually watch some Ravens games, which wasn’t going to happen before. That’s what it’s all about.

  20. @bengal4573 says:
    August 16, 2019 at 11:10 am
    The kid is impressive but if he doesn’t learn how to get through his progressions better he’s gonna get crushed eventually.
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    All QBs get crushed from time to time. As if Andy Dalton hasn’t been crushed before.

  21. The improvement in his game has been amazing.
    Know one works harder to get better than Lamar.
    Take a bright kid with off the charts athletic ability and the desire and work ethic he has
    displayed and the skies the limit.

  22. He’s an exciting athlete and looked good on the NFL replay last week. Seems like a humble hard worker too.
    From what I saw, the defenses ARE spying him. And they still can’t catch him.
    Not sure how long it’s gonna last, or what the future holds, but W\we’ve seen running QBs like Vick, Wilson and Rodgers be successful and develop as passers.
    I wanna watch this kid.

  23. I have not been able to see him play this preseason. How is his passing ability? Is he accurate? Is taking all his reads, or just quickly running if the first read is not open? It’s the NFL and he’s going to have to be a passer first, runner second. The other way around will end up with a dead QB.

  24. He will get a lot of those looks because teams know he can’t pass.

    His mechanics have not improved. He still flicks it. Feet are pointing everywhere. Hips aren’t lined up. And he’s still throwing it to bad spots. Could have had three passes intercepted during that game in just two drives.

    I don’t hate the guy. I just don’t think he’s much of a QB.

  25. Why all the talk about Lamar potentially getting crushed and getting hurt. Luck has missed significant time and he’s a pocket QB, Carson Wentz, Rodgers
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    Actually, all of the above can and do scramble and run quite well. High risk for sure.

  26. gtodriver says:
    August 16, 2019 at 9:07 am
    One has to remember the defense he was playing against.

    No offense to Lamar, but he was going up against the “new and improved” Packer defense.

    He’s used to scrimmaging the Ravens defense, which is much, much better.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Then why run? Why not just stay in the pocket and pass all night? The Packer defense may not be better than the Vikings’, but it’s not worse. Viking defense continually comes up small. You guys are used to that, aren’t you?

  27. Lamar is a “one trick” pony. That is why the Chargers smartly figured that out and “decisively eliminated” the Ravens in the playoffs (in Baltimore). It really was never even close. Contain him, force him to throw; and WIN!

  28. The Chargers (defensively) provided the blueprint for beating Lamar in last years playoffs. I look forward to seeing how many teams follow that Charger blueprint. If this happens (and I expect it will), I don’t see the Ravens being any better than about a .500 team.

    Bold Prediction: RGIII is the Ravens starting QB by the end of the season.

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