Lamar Jackson: Ceiling and floor for second-year quarterback
There’s been much debate as to what Lamar Jackson will do in his second-season as the Baltimore Ravens starter, so here’s some ceiling/floor projections.
The Baltimore Ravens are all-in on quarterback Lamar Jackson. There is a strong belief that he is the franchise’s future at quarterback, and they’re betting on him making big-strides in 2019.
The Ravens have done an excellent job building a new offense around Jackson; catering to his strengths and making his transition to becoming a better passer a lot easier. This can be attributed to both a new coaching scheme as well as off-season additions.
New Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman has a situation similar to that which he had in San Francisco when Colin Kaepernick was still in the NFL. Roman’s scheme had him as a potential Head Coaching candidate behind a strong offense he built around Kaepernick. We are expecting something similar for Lamar Jackson now.
Baltimore also added new toys for Jackson to play with in the forms of Mark Ingram, Marquise Brown, and Miles Boykin. They join a core featuring Mark Andrews, Gus Edwards, Willie Snead, and Hayden Hurst. Sure, it’s not elite but it’ll be awesome for Jackson’s development.
From here, we find ourselves wondering just how good can Lamar Jackson be in 2019? There’s certainly a nice ceiling, but the floor could be lower than we hope. It all depends entirely on how well Jackson moves on from his rookie season to his second, and first as a full starter, season in the NFL.
Here’s the best and worst case scenarios for Lamar Jackson in 2019: