John Harbaugh: Next step for Lamar Jackson is improvement on deep throws

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The Ravens are going to look a lot like they did last season on offense, coach John Harbaugh told season ticket holders in an online Q&A on Thursday.

Lamar Jackson won the MVP award by running 176 times and throwing 401 passes. Twenty-five quarterbacks threw more passes than Jackson last season.

Harbaugh doesn’t want to see Jackson throw more but have more (completed) throws downfield.

“Those corners are going to be one-on-one and those safeties are going to be one-on-one against receivers, especially on some downfield throws, and we’ve got to make them pay for it. We absolutely have to make them pay,” Harbaugh said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “The ability to make them pay for tilting their defense toward stopping our run game with a really, really efficient passing game, I do believe that’s the next step of this offense. I really do believe Lamar is going to take the next step.”

On throws that traveled at least 15 yards in the air, Jackson ranked 27th in completions (35) and 22nd in completion rate (43.8 percent), per Hensley. Jackson was 6-of-17 on such throws in the divisional playoff loss to the Titans.

“We should have guys more open and we should have bigger plays, and we should create more opportunities in the passing game because of that run game,” Harbaugh said.

14 responses to “John Harbaugh: Next step for Lamar Jackson is improvement on deep throws

  1. Yeah …. tho it was entirely for fun, it definitely wasn’t good seeing DaVante Adams and Jarvis Landry (if I remember correctly) get more points on the accuracy passing drills than Jackson

  2. I would have gone with “Win a home playoff game,” but I guess that’s why Harbaugh makes the big bucks.

  3. His coaches just need to tell him to study film of Russell Wilson to learn how to make consistently accurate long throws.

  4. Look for more teams to cover the short passes and force him to throw deep. Unfortunately for the Ravens, he ain’t Jumpball Joe.

  5. There actually wasn’t much need, most ended up being throwaways because the game was in hand.

  6. With all the hype coming out of Baltimore about this guy and their mantra about how Lamar has an accurate arm im surprised to see his low low numbers on the deep pass.

    If he can’t take that next step then the Ravens will never get over that hump of defeating a top tier team in the AFC.

    They go down big early he’s going to have to throw..if he can’t then teams like Kansas City, Tennessee, and a healthy Pittsburgh will light the score boards up.

  7. Good luck improving that,Johnny. Just tuck it & chuck it, Lamar. And good luck staying healthy carrying the ball about 200 times.

  8. Lamar is a superior runner than Michael Vick but Vick had a bigger arm. So the Ravens offense will go as far Lamar’s legs will take them.

  9. Lamar was #lamarvelous (he should be trade marking that not big truzz) but his one weakness was throws to the outside – not just “deep” throws to the outside – and I think that’s what’s getting overlooked in Harbaughs comments. It was odd to watch as a Ravens fan cause that was Flaccos bread and butter for years. Not sure if it was arm strength, anticipation, or timing with his receivers, but if he can learn to pick a defense apart on the outside when the defense focuses run and between the hashes, he will be #lamarvelous for years to come

  10. Lamar has the work ethic and natural tools to continue to improve. I feel confident he will.

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