Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson did know he would have some work to accomplish heading into his second year after completing just 58.2 percent of his passes in 2018.
The Baltimore Ravens, have a new offensive scheme with coordinator Greg Roman, who said that the offense will be tailored to Jackson’s skill set as a dual-threat QB early in the offseason.
So, Lamar Jackson took it on himself to improve by working out during the offseason with his recipients in Florida and focusing on fundamentals, footwork and mechanics.
But, what is the early assessment in the books with the first week of organized team activities involving three days of on-field work? By all accounts, Jackson appears to be improved and more than held by completing well-placed passes throughout the on-field session.
However, the signal-caller provided a blunt criticism of his three-day performance and knows he can do better.
“so I would say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson told reporters on Thursday through the official website of the Ravens. “I did better on the second day. … Today was fine, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was fine for the first week.”
The desire of Jackson to adjust his throwing mechanics now involves spending time watching himself in the movie room.
He told reporters he had spotted some good things like his hip firing as the coaching staff prefers, but he also identified a problem with how the ball still tends to wobble when it leaves its hands.Jackson remained critical of what he saw, providing a solution on what to do to throw a tighter spiral.
“I’d say placement of my hand,” said Jackson. “I feel like sometimes my hand is going to be a bit too high on football and that sometimes makes the ball go out of whack. A lot, not sometimes, a lot.” In the meantime, Jackson’s honest assessment of where he is now should not give rise to alarm.
After all, it is May. And the Ravens still have seven remaining days of OTAs followed by a compulsory three-day mini-camp from June 11-13 before training camps kick off late July.
The good news is that Jackson has identified what he needs to improve as he adjusts with a desire to become a well-rounded quarterback to a new offensive scheme.
“I want to concentrate on everything,” said Jackson. “I don’t feel like I’ve got it all down. I’m not really confident that I’m just saying, ‘ Oh, yeah, I’m good at that and I’m bad at that. ‘ I’m bad at all right now where we should be.”