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Lamar Jackson Put Together His Most Complete Performance Yet

August 27, 2018 - 10:04 am

By Joe Schiller

After showing off electric speed but struggling to complete more than 50% of his passes through the first three preseason games, Jackson put together his best performance Saturday night against the Miami Dolphins.

The rookie quarterback finished 7-of-10 for 98 yards with a 21-yard touchdown pass to DeVier Posey. He also rushed for 39 yards, including a 19-yard read option touchdown. Jackson completed 70% of his passes and posted an impressive 134.6 quarterback rating out of 158.3.

It’s been a learning process throughout the preseason but Jackson has benefitted from the increased number of reps under center. He’s got a ways to go but Saturday’s performance was an encouraging sign and Jackson acknowledged that.

“I feel like it's getting better,” he said in the postgame press conference. “I'm working my way up right now. Fourth preseason game, I felt like I did pretty good. But there’s still room for improvement.”

Jackson is all business and he’s shown that consistently throughout the offseason. When he’s struggled, he’s talked about it and continues to focus on improving with every game. For a 21-year-old under the national spotlight every time he touches the football, that’s impressive to see.

The Ravens have a short turnaround and host the Washington Redskins on Thursday night for their fifth and final preseason game. Jackson figures to get a bulk of playing time along with a number of backups and bubble players competing for a shot at the 53-man roster.

And while he won’t likely see any starting time in the regular season, it wouldn't be surprising to see No. 8 used in various trick or goal line packages. With a talent that special, it’s hard to keep it on the sidelines.