Lamar Jackson: I looked like a rookie in “horrible game”

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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had arguably the worst start of his career on Sunday night, completing 20-of-32 passes for 165 yards with a touchdown and a career-high four interceptions. His passer rating of 46.5 was his lowest as a starter and the first time he’s ever been under 50.0.

Still, Baltimore beat Cleveland 16-10, as the Browns could not capitalize on several of their extra opportunities.

Jackson was critical of himself after the game. And that theme continued in his Wednesday press conference.

“Bad passes. Inaccurate, under-thrown passes — that’s all I saw,” Jackson said in his press conference of reviewing the film. “Bad reads. I looked like a rookie.”

Jackson has been inconsistent this season, completing 64 percent of his passes for 2,612 yards with 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. His passer rating is down from 99.3 last year to 87.5 in 2021. The Ravens are 2-1 over the last three games Jackson has started — he missed the Week 11 win over the Bears with an illness — but Jackson has tossed seven interceptions to five touchdowns in those contests.

How does Jackson plan to get back on track? He said it starts with watching film, as he did on Tuesday.

“I watched film, watched the game. And like I said, it was a horrible game,” Jackson said. “It starts when I get back out here in practice, and get with my guys, get my chemistry back, and just hit the ground running like I’m supposed to.”

Despite Jackson’s ups and downs, the Ravens are still 8-3, which puts them at the top seed in the AFC. Baltimore will try to hold that spot with a win over division-rival Pittsburgh this week.

11 responses to “Lamar Jackson: I looked like a rookie in “horrible game”

  1. He’s never been a good passer but man he was horrible Monday night. Never seen him worse. I figured it was because he was just getting over being sick– or is still sick but they aren’t saying.

  2. Well you have the passing skills of a good high school QB. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

  3. Worse game of his career. I respect that he has owned up to it and will not let anyone make excuses for him. One of the reporters asked him if it was because he was sick and rusty, he said no excuses. Love Lamar. Has been apologizing to his teammates since Sunday. Heart of a champion.

  4. He owned it. From everything we read, see, and hear he is the ultimate competitor which means he’s working on everything that went wrong. It took me a couple years to give up on Flacco. I’m not even close to that yet with LJ.

  5. Glad Lamar was honest and wore this one. It’s funny how he took the blame for a bad game but Ravens fans still continued to say he played well, what a TD pass, and as per usual never remotely criticized him. It’s ok; he stunk. The bigger issue is that he’s been playing quite poorly now for the past 5 games. On a side note, it’s too bad our country has gotten to the point where we are surprised when some major figure just accepts responsibility for poor performance and acknowledges the truth. Thank you, Lamar, for doing that. I’m not sure you deserve any particular praise for doing so, but nonetheless I’m glad he accepted it and is working hard to get better.

  6. “It’s funny how he took the blame for a bad game but Ravens fans still continued to say he played well, what a TD pass, and as per usual never remotely criticized him.” This isn’t remotely true.

  7. Lamar can play like garbage like the did in that quarter.
    But doesnt carry the negativity all game. He’s always on to the next paly and has the mindset/skills to explode at any minute and will his team to victory, no matter how bleak things look.

  8. It’s funny how people say Ravens fans aren’t critical of Lamar, but every forum I go to, they are.

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