Baltimore Ravens: 3 unrealistic expectations for Lamar Jackson in 2023
By Ryan Heckman
Unrealistic expectation for Ravens QB Lamar Jackson in 2023: Fireworks with Odell Beckham Jr. out of the gate
Jackson and Beckham might be good friends, and they each have wanted to play together for a while now. The fact that they have a good relationship is only going to help. And, practicing more together throughout the summer months is, of course, going to assist in building that chemistry.
However, you cannot simulate real game-time play until the regular season rolls around. These two will take some time to get accustomed to one another's tendencies, especially when going up against unfamiliar defenses other than their own all summer long. Jackson and Beckham will hit their stride, but don't expect fireworks right out of the gate. It could take a few games.
Realistic expectation for Ravens QB Lamar Jackson in 2023: Help get Beckham over 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns
Remember, no matter how many flashes we see from Jackson's arm, we can attest to the fact that he is not an elite passer. He's had his moments, and he's by no means one-dimensional. But, Jackson is not a perfect passer. However, getting the ball into the hands of Beckham is going to be a priority, and he'll do just that.
Again, it might take a little while for these two to get acclimated once the season starts. But, there is no reason why Beckham can't end the season over 1,000 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. In fact, if these two were to play an entire season, Beckham very well could end the year over 1,400 yards. Health will be the biggest question mark for this duo in 2023.