Judging by the talk out there, one would think that the Baltimore Ravens offense is an absolute train wreck and a disaster. The team is 4-2, the offense had the worst game in the history of football dropping balls on a play-by-play basis, and so on and so forth...
Well, well, well... turns out that might not be the case, or at least not to the eyes of those in the known.
Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus penned a column two days ago highlighting five things we learned from the Ravens' win against Tennessee last Sunday in London. One of them: Lamar Jackson is on track for a career year. Uh, oh.
"Jackson's raw passing numbers aren’t going to get anyone too excited, with the Ravens' signal-caller currently on track for 3,550 passing yards with only 14 touchdowns to eight interceptions. Those 3,550 yards would be a career high, though, and more importantly, so would his 86.2 PFF passing grade."- Gordon McGuinness, Pro Football Focus
As has been usually the case this season, and as McGuinness himself pointed out, "Jackson’s raw passing numbers aren’t going to get anyone too excited," with the quarterback on track to break the 3,500-yard barrier but throwing only 14 TDs against 8 INTs.
Tha said, that yardage could mark a career-high for Jackson, which is no slouch. And also, most importantly, is the fact that he's keeping up a ridiculous 86.2 PFF grade through six weeks, per McGuinness.
"He simply missed wide receiver Rashod Bateman on the interception against the Titans in London but had an efficient game as a passer outside of that. He added another two big-time throws to his season tally and is currently on track for a career-high 5.5% big-time throw rate. He’s getting the ball out quicker than ever before, averaging 2.98 seconds to throw — the lowest of his career — while recording what would be another career high in adjusted completion percentage (78.9%)."- Gordon McGuinness, Pro Football Focus
The analyst, in his writeup, also pointed out how Jackson has missed receivers here and there but so far he's been supremely efficient.
According to PFF's charting, Jackson had "two big-time throws [in Week 6] and is currently on track for a career-high 5.5% big-time throw rate."
On top of that, Jackson is throwing as quickly as he's ever done, launching passes in under three seconds (2.98 to be precise) while recording an impressive 78.9% adjusted completion percentage, another career-high figure.
It is about time the narrative of "Jackson can't pass" stops popping up weekly. Jackson is simply doing it smoothly on pass plays out there on a per-game basis and he's proving his worth and chops at it week in and week out this season. Nuff' said.