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Don’t be surprised if we have to wait awhile to see Lamar Jackson start

The end was nigh for Joe Flacco in Baltimore, Jackson was going to take the job for himself and it added the excitement that the Ravens offense had so sorely been lacking.
Flacco against the Rams It may only be preseason, but what we saw from Flacco against the Los Angeles Rams in the Ravens second preseason game was solid, and more importantly, featured throws downfield.
On those six plays where he threw a targeted pass, he completed five for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Flacco 2017 second half goes against the narrative On one hand, you don’t want to put too much stock into a preseason performance that consisted of less than 10 dropbacks, but on the other, the Flacco we saw against the Rams was not dissimilar to the quarterback we saw in the second half of 2017.
If you look at Flacco’s passing grade for the full year, he ranks 20th among all quarterbacks with at least 100 dropbacks.
Flacco dealt with a back injury throughout the summer, so if you look at just the first seven weeks of the season using week-by-week filters in PFF Premium Stats, he ranked 27th among the 32 quarterbacks with at least 100 dropbacks, with a PFF passing grade of just 61.1.
When you change it up and look at just his final nine games of the year, Flacco ranked 11th with a PFF passing grade of 72.7.
Lamar Jackson’s struggles and flashes of success In flashes, we have seen exactly why the Ravens traded back into the first round to draft Jackson back in April.
In Jackson’s defense, he has been pressured on 22 of his 38 dropbacks so far this preseason, and plenty of top quarterbacks would struggle with that volume of pressure, but the counterpoint to that would be that his PFF grade from a clean pocket of 56.7 ranks last among the five quarterbacks drafted in the first round.
From Steve’s article back in March, 73 percent of Jackson’s rushing yards came on designed runs, so building those type of plays into their offense makes a lot of sense for the Ravens.

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Jun 12, 2018; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) looks to throw during minicamp at the Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

When the Baltimore Ravens traded back into the first round to draft former Lousiville QB Lamar Jackson, the narratives wrote themselves. The end was nigh for Joe Flacco in Baltimore, Jackson was going to take the job for himself and it added the excitement that the Ravens offense had so sorely been lacking. That would have been great for pageviews around the NFL, but based on what we’ve seen so far this summer, and from Flacco in the second half of 2017, we’re not quite there yet.
Yes, Jackson is absolutely the expected future franchise quarterback in Baltimore.
Yes, Flacco’s time will come to an end.

It’s just a case of it being more likely that the change happens ahead of the 2019 season rather than now.

Flacco against the Rams

It may only be preseason, but what we saw from Flacco against the Los Angeles Rams in the Ravens second preseason game was solid, and more importantly, featured throws downfield. From his eight dropbacks, Flacco scrambled once and threw the ball away on another snap. On those six plays where he threw a targeted pass, he completed five for 71 yards and a touchdown. The key takeaway though was that half of those targeted passes travelled 10-plus yards downfield, with Flacco going 2-for-3 for 42 yards. From a limited amount of work, he produced a PFF passing grade of 74.5 on the night.

Flacco 2017 second half goes against the narrative

On one hand, you don’t want to put too much stock into a preseason performance that consisted of less than 10 dropbacks, but on the other, the Flacco we saw against the Rams was not dissimilar to the quarterback we saw in the second half of 2017. If you look at Flacco’s passing grade for the full year, he ranks 20th among all quarterbacks with at least 100 dropbacks. Flacco dealt with a back injury throughout the summer, so if you look at just the first seven weeks of the season using week-by-week filters in PFF Premium Stats, he ranked 27th among the 32 quarterbacks with at least 100 dropbacks, with a PFF passing grade of just 61.1.

When you change it up and look at just his final nine games of the year, Flacco ranked 11th with…

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