Baltimore Ravens: Top concerns in battle with Chargers
2. Lamar Jackson turnovers:
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Mistakes kill teams in big games and Lamar Jackson has to be on top of things. There can’t be fumbled hand-offs or mishandled snaps. He can’t let the defense strip the ball away from him, and most certainly cannot have interceptions. Jackson’s game has been fun to watch, however the turnovers have been a legitimate thing for fans to gripe about.
For Jackson interceptions haven’t been the biggest problem. Jackson has thrown only three interceptions. In fact he’s been a good decision maker as a passer, by the standards of rookie quarterbacks. He did get away with a throw against the Buccaneers that should have been an easy interception. He’s fumbled the football at an alarming rate. Jackson has nine fumbles as a starting quarterback. Considering he’s only started five games, that’s a bad stat.
The Ravens are riding with Jackson because what he is doing is mostly positive. The offense has been anything bust mistake free. Jackson has made at least one rookie mistake in every game he has been the quarterback. These are the kind of mistakes that can defeat the Ravens in a big game. Jackson has to play his best game and he has to focus on ball security. There is no getting around the fact that Jackson can be a liability even though he is the best play-maker on the field.