Greg Roman on Lamar Jackson: I’m sure in his mind he’s ready to play

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The Ravens have lost four games in a row, falling to 8-6 and out of the postseason picture with just two games to go.

Baltimore still has a good shot at making the playoffs if the team wins out. And that would likely be easier with starting quarterback Lamar Jackson back in the lineup.

Jackson has missed all of the last two games and only played a quarter in the Week 14 loss to the Browns with an ankle injury. Jackson got back on the practice field on Wednesday, though video footage from practice showed him clearly limping while moving from drill to drill.

In his Thursday press conference, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said it’s the coaches’ responsibility to make sure if Jackson is on the field, he’s healthy enough to play like he needs to and can protect himself.

“I think it really comes down to, is he ready to play? I’m sure in his mind he’s ready to play,” Roman said, via Jeff Zrebiec of TheAthletic.com.

With backup Tyler Huntley returning off the COVID-19 list, Roman noted there’s a chance both QB1 and QB2 could receive practice reps.

“When there is a chance that multiple guys could play, you have to start to consider: Should we give this guy some reps? Can this guy handle all those reps? Are we better off putting him on a pitch count?” Roman said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.

Huntley started the Week 15 loss to Green Bay and acquitted himself well, finishing 28-of-40 for 215 yards with two touchdowns. He added 73 yards on the ground with two TDs.

In Jackson’s last six starts, he’s completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,196 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions. He’s rushed for 375 yards in those contests but also taken 22 sacks for 103 lost yards.

6 responses to “Greg Roman on Lamar Jackson: I’m sure in his mind he’s ready to play

  1. Is this the beginning of what many predicted? Chronically hurt because of his style of play. Add in getting COVID every other month and contract status and I see a franchise tag or 2 in his future. If the Ravens are smart…

  2. Tell me how he’s in the pro bowl with that disaster stat line? There are 4 AFC QBs that should be going before his name even comes up.

  3. Lamar Jackson has an ankle injury that may be hard to recover from without extended rest or maybe surgery if it’s not responding to treatment. If I’m Jackson I am not risking my future or my ability to negotiate my next contract over a lost season. The Ravens have been hit hard by injury this season, and for this team to be in a position to still make the playoffs says a lot about this team.

  4. Half of the players in the Pro Bowl don’t deserve to be there. It is a popularity contest based on hype. Tyron Smith misses more games than he plays and yet he is a perennial pick. Because he USED to be great. Kyler Murray? ’nuff said…

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