Eric DeCosta: I ask Lamar Jackson how we can help him, he always says offensive line

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The Ravens drafted center Tyler Linderbaum in the first round and offensive tackle Daniel Faalele in the fourth round, and quarterback Lamar Jackson may be the one who benefits most from that.

At least, that’s how General Manager Eric DeCosta sees it: DeCosta said that whenever he and Jackson talk about where the team can improve to help Jackson, he always prioritizes the offensive line.

“I’ve had conversations with Lamar many times and I’ve said, ‘Lamar, what can we do to help you? What is most important to you?'” DeCosta said. “Honestly, the thing that he always comes back to is the offensive line.”

But while Linderbaum and Faalele may make the offensive line better in the future, rookie offensive linemen generally don’t make a big immediate impact. And no one knows what Jackson’s future is in Baltimore, because Jackson is heading into the fifth and final year of his rookie contract and hasn’t engaged with the Ravens in contract extension negotiations. Linderbaum and Faalele may end up staying in Baltimore longer than Jackson does.

17 responses to “Eric DeCosta: I ask Lamar Jackson how we can help him, he always says offensive line

  1. >> Receivers… Get it right phone… Get it right <<

    Why bother, the guy can't get the ball within 5-yards of the receivers he has even when they're wide open. The running is nice, but before you can have your desert you need to eat your meal first. A QB needs to be able accurate with his passing first and foremost and if he can't do that then everything is window dressing.

  2. We’ve seen rookie linemen come in and earn pro bowl honors and all pro votes. Interior O line especially. That’s a pretty short sighted opinion.

  3. Lamar is playing with fire. If he doesn’t pull off a Flacco this year, he will be franchised in 2023 and that will be the end of his stay in Baltimore. Baltimore’s front office has historically been more fair than other NFL orgs. But they aren’t stupid either and will cut their losses if Lamar continues to snub them. Baltimore needs to know who is steering the boat moving forward.

  4. bomatdaman says:

    May 7, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    Lamar is playing with fire. If he doesn’t pull off a Flacco this year, he will be franchised in 2023 and that will be the end of his stay in Baltimore. Baltimore’s front office has historically been more fair than other NFL orgs. But they aren’t stupid either and will cut their losses if Lamar continues to snub them. Baltimore needs to know who is steering the boat moving forward
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    Where is the part where Lamar is playing with fire? Because Baltimore may move on? That’s not playing with fire. What you just gave was the road map that Cousins essentially used. Lamar isnt worried about his contract because he knows he can get tagged and collect the money and after pmaying on the tag sign long term OR enter free agency when a team isnt giving up picks and a new contract to acquire him just a contract. Everyone wants to bring up “he could get hurt” or “look at rg3” but those are outliers that dont usually happen so to expect them is as foolish as when we see charliecharger talk about how every qb who’s a backup right now could be a HOF qb because Brady is or every coach just needs more time 🤦‍♂️🤡

  5. While Faalele could be a bit of a project, Linderbaum is as ready as anyone has ever been to come in and make an impact right away at the Center position.

  6. Dude’s leaving like $200m on the table being stupid. He’s gonna get tagged twice, likely hurt one of those years if just briefly and then wonder why his market evaporated.

    He needs to get to the table and sign a big deal.

  7. “And quarterback Lamar Jackson may be the one who benefits most from that” umm yea a QB needs a good offensive line in front of him. How would he not be?

  8. He messed this up by not signing last year thinking he would cash in tremendously. After Baltimore has seen his regression, he won’t even get tagged, let alone signed.

  9. Find someone to read defenses for him. Oh and an agent to negotiate his contract would be nice.

  10. I love how so many like to try to criticize one of the only two unanimous MVPs in NFL history.

    It just makes them look foolish to pretend that Jackson is only a running QB.

  11. Lamar Jackson remains the best QB of his draft class. He is the only unanimous league’s MVP, 1st team all pro, pro bowler

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