Lamar Jackson “fixed” ball security issues

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While much of the focus on Lamar Jackson heading into the 2019 season has been on whether he’s made progress as a passer, it isn’t the only area of his game that was in need of improvement.

Jackson fumbled 12 times during the 2018 regular season, which was the most in the league by a wide margin. The quarterback fumbled three more times in the Ravens’ playoff loss to the Chargers, so it is clearly something he needed to clean up this offseason.

On Tuesday, Jackson said that mission has been accomplished. Jackson said he’s “fixed” the problem and that his only concern for the regular season is winning. Head coach John Harbaugh stopped short of declaring things fixed, but did say they are much improved.

“I think it’s been way better. Just watching the practices, you probably saw it,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website. “Lamar makes very few mistakes with ball handling right now. The snaps have been much more accurate than they have in the past, so that starts everything off on the right foot. You haven’t seen a lot of the more complicated ball-handling plays, but the ones we have run have been well done.”

The more complicated plays will come in the regular season and those results will determine whether this problem’s been fully licked or not.

44 responses to “Lamar Jackson “fixed” ball security issues

  1. Tim Tebow 2010-11 – 16 fums in 167 carries: 1 in every 10.4 carries.
    Lamar Jackson 2018 – 15 fums in 156 carries: 1 in every 10.4 carries.

  2. Browns fan here. Always liked Lamar – I think he’s very underrated and I think it will browns / ravens challenging for title, not the steelers.

  3. Patrick Mahomes didn’t even play his rookie year, so Lamar Jackson is ahead of the curve. Let’s get real here. It takes a while to learn the NFL QB position, and Lamar Jackson has been winning, and he hasn’t even begun to learn. Mahomes would have ran a lot more his rookie year too, but he was standing on the sideline trying to learn the game. Steve Young ran a lot early in his career too. When you’re that physically gifted, it’s harder for guys like Young and Jackson to stand still in the pocket, when they can easily pick up 25 yards running. I see a lot of Steve Young in Lamar Jackson.

  4. Equals or betters that amount of fumbles this season.

    On the up side he recovers 3 of his own.

  5. I think I’ll let time be the judge of that! Everything changes in Real games and if he actually has to focus on that how’s it going to affect the rest of his game. Harbaugh is going to fail with this guy one way or the other. The guy seems to be living a lie right now.

  6. superfanentertainment says:
    August 21, 2019 at 7:54 am
    Calling it right now…

    Comeback Player of the Year: RG3
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    Since his rookie year he’s been 6-20 as a starting QB. Teams figured out how to defend his style of play, so if he sees the field under any circumstances it’s bad news for the Ravens.

  7. streetyson says:
    August 21, 2019 at 7:46 am
    Tim Tebow 2010-11 – 16 fums in 167 carries: 1 in every 10.4 carries.
    Lamar Jackson 2018 – 15 fums in 156 carries: 1 in every 10.4 carries.
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    If you click the bold name Lamar Jackson in the article above it’ll show you he had

    12 fumbles (lost 4) in 147 rushes (1 in every 12.25 rushes. Losing 4 for 1 in every 36.75)
    But even at that who is to say he only fumbled on rushes? He could have had fumbles like mos QB’s while dropping back to pass. Good pass rushers create a lot of fumbles.

  8. QB’s don’t even get touched in practice. How can anyone proclaim that something is fixed when it can’t even be truly tested?

  9. Tim Tebow 2010-11 – 16 fums in 167 carries: 1 in every 10.4 carries.
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    Even that’s wrong. What did you do just make it up? Mistakes happen but you were not even close.

    Tebow had 7 fumbles on 197 career carries (1 in 28.14 carries) lost 2 for one in every 98.5 carries.

  10. I’m sure he will still need to work on things but he breathed new life into the team last year. That was something missing under the leadership (or lack of) from Joe Flacco.

  11. factschecker says: “Even that’s wrong. What did you do just make it up? Mistakes happen but you were not even close.”
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    Don’t know where you’re getting you infomation, but Tebow has 16 fumbles (15 regular season + 1 playoff)

  12. @factschecker – you’re mis-counting, and adding Tebow’s FB/TE stats after 2011. Read my posts.

  13. Jackson’s biggest problem is the forward pass. For the competitive portion of the Charger playoff game he was clueless. I lost count of how many times he just stood in the pocket patting the ball

  14. Don’t know where you’re getting you infomation, but Tebow has 16 fumbles (15 regular season + 1 playoff)
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    NFL.com says 7 career fumbles. ESPN says 7 career fumbles.

    Rotoworld (part of THIS SITE) only says 6 career fumbles but they don’t include the playoffs which is why I chose NFL.Com and verified that with ESPN.com. Profootball reference shows 16 (15 reg AND 1 post season) But I am unable to verify that total with any other data site.

  15. @factschecker – I’m using pro-football-reference, and counting total career rushing fumbles as a QB (reg+playoffs). I even pointed out for Tebow that meant 2010-11. You were obviously including (or just looking at) his later Jets stats when he was listed as a FB/TE. I guess I almost accept your almost-apology for rudely suggesting I merely invented all the figures.

  16. Funny how you guys judge QBs. Is it wins,stats? Dak and Lamar were among the tops in wins in the second half of the season while TB12 stunk up the joint and the team won the SB inspite of him.

  17. No I used Career stats. NFL.com and ESPN.com stats do not match what you typed.

    Even if you use profootball reference they only have Jackson with 12. Not 15 as you wrote.

    Tim Tebow 2010-11 – 16 fums in 167 carries: 1 in every 10.4 carries.
    Lamar Jackson 2018 – 15 fums in 156 carries: 1 in every 10.4 carries.

    So it’s still incorrect. Even when using the questionable site which does not match the more credible statistical sites. Their opinion ((ESPN and NFL Network)) people have no credibility with me but their stats I feel are a credible source.

    What you typed is incorrect by multiple standards. Even the standards you claimed yourself to use.

  18. chut26 says:
    August 21, 2019 at 9:01 am
    QB’s don’t even get touched in practice. How can anyone proclaim that something is fixed when it can’t even be truly tested?

    37 3 Rate This

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    great question

  19. Dublin Demons says:
    August 21, 2019 at 10:59 am
    There’s a 60% chance he hangs on to the ball every time.

    2 0 Rate This

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    “that doesn’t make sense”

  20. guitarkevin says:
    August 21, 2019 at 12:10 pm
    Lamar is going to show a lot of you doubters how awesome he is this year.

    0 1 Rate This

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    sounds great

    lmao

  21. So the Raven’s must have some miracle hand growing snake oil. Lamar has smallish hands for NFL QB’s at about 9.5 inches which is similar to Winston, Bortels and Watson and they all have fumbling problems because their hands are not big enough to palm the football in one hand when scrambling or running so slight touches or bumps cause fumbles and which is also why you seem them just drop the ball at times and lose the grip during a pump fake. The only cure for Lamar is either hold the ball high and tight like fumbling man Tiki or don’t scramble or rush.

  22. Glad to see he’s embracing constant improvement. As the great Stephen Covey said “sharpen the saw.”

    Love what I’m seeing from folks named Lamar these days.

  23. “The snaps have been much more accurate than they have in the past, so that starts everything off on the right foot.”

    Wow, John, you not only threw Skura under the bus, you hopped in the driver’s seat and ran over him repeatedly.

    If snap accuracy was part of the equation, why didn’t Flacco have the same ball security issues?

  24. Don’t get me wrong, I hope Jackson has a good season, but how do they know he has fixed his fumbling problems if the defense isn’t even allowed to hit the QB? I think we’ll have to wait and see what happens when week 1 rolls along.

  25. Running on nearly every play worked for Tebow for a short time…until Belichick realized that if he stacked the box on running plays and played off-man coverage on passing plays that Tebow would panic. He figured that out after only a handful of games. There is far more tape on Jackson and the Ravens will be mostly be a RPO offense (aka a college offense), so I won’t be expecting much for Jackson this season.

  26. He didn’t have a lot of opportunity last year to get in sync with Skura on the snap. He has and it should help.

    This Ravens fan is looking forward to the season. We haven’t seen this much change in a long time. I was sick of the predictable offense they used to run. It’ll be fun to see something different.

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