Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson won in his first start for the Ravens last week but was criticized for how much he ran the ball — 27 times for 117 yards in Baltimore’s 24-21 victory over the Bengals.
Cincinnati’s coach Marvin Lewis said running QBs don’t last long in the NFL after his team’s loss, and Jackson says he plans on making better use of his receivers this week.
“They’re not here to block … We’re gonna be throwing the ball. You’re going to see,” Jackson said Wednesday (via The Athletic).
Jackson completed 13 of his 19 passes against the Bengals for 150 yards, but none went for a score. It’s no secret that Baltimore drafted the Louisville product this year to be a dual threat, so he wants to make sure opposing teams know he can hurt them with his arm. Jackson is a versatile athlete, but he knows what he wants his role to be as an NFL quarterback.
“Get my guys the ball. That’s why those guys are here. My job is to distribute them the ball,” Jackson said.
He was able to complete passes to six receivers against Cincinnati, but he hopes to be a little more productive in the air against the Raiders this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Oakland has the worst pass-rush in the NFL this season. They have only nine sacks, so Jackson should have more time to operate in the pocket.
Joe Flacco is still the team’s preferred starter, but Jackson appears confident that he’ll get another start as the veteran continues to recover from a hip injury.
The Ravens (5-5) are tied with the Bengals for second place in the AFC North. If Jackson is able to get a few more wins, a permanent change on Baltimore’s depth chart could be coming soon.