Lamar Jackson: 3 things that will help him shine in 2019
3. With eight starts under his belt, he knows what to work on
It’s no secret what Jackson needs to work on going forward. He needs to work on mechanics, ball security and accuracy. The good news for Jackson is that all three of these things are things he can work on in the offseason. Secondly, improved accuracy will come with better mechanics. Jackson’s weaknesses are heavily scrutinized but they are nothing that he can’t overcome. Joe Flacco was never perfect but he was a franchise quarterback for a good run. Jackson doesn’t need to be perfect to be a winner with the Ravens. He needs to improve as he goes and he should.
Jackson has an entire offseason to figure some things out. He has an offseason to really hone in on the craft of playing quarterback. That is wildly different than last year. Last year Jackson prepared for the NFL Draft. It wasn’t about getting ready to play in the NFL, it was about presenting himself as somebody who could. The draft process makes for a very long and unusual offseason for rookies.
Then he got drafted and he knew he was going to be Flacco’s backup. Going into his first regular season start his only experience in the NFL came from preseason snaps and being inserted into the game to help the rushing attack. He’s now working with a good understanding of the NFL game. He’s still inexperienced but he’s going 2019 much more aware of what is in store for him.