OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Lamar Jackson led the Baltimore Ravens to a 3-1 start, but the reigning NFL MVP has not tried to make a positive impact on the NFL team, which ranks 31st in passing.
"No, I'm not happy because I want to get in touch with my boys on these passes," Jackson said on Wednesday. "I feel like there are a lot of yards and touchdowns that we have left on the field if we don't bond. That's probably why our pass isn't where it's supposed to be. But I think it's early in the season. ""
No reigning NFL MVP quarterback has landed below 27th place in passing. There have only been four instances of a reigning NFL MVP QB finishing 20th or worse in passing: Joe Theismann 1983 (20th), Rich Gannon 2002 (27th), Aaron Rodgers 2015 (25th), and Cam Newton in 2015 (21st) according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The ravens have passed an average of 180.8 meters; only the New York Jets (179.5) are worse. That's a decrease from 2019, when Baltimore ranked 27th on the fly (201.6).
Jackson didn't practice Wednesday and the ravens gave no explanation for his absence. Robert Griffin III picked up first-team replays.
Raven coach John Harbaugh said that producing 300 yards per game is not his team's standard of success.
"There are many things we can get better at," said Harbaugh. "They're constantly working on all of these things, trying to improve as much as possible. We understand the issues and we investigate them very carefully. I don't really want to broadcast them."
Jackson's accuracy has improved slightly. His graduation rate is 68.4%, up from 66.1% last season.
The biggest problem was the connection to his deep throws, which were a focus of his off-season. Jackson has completed 5 of 16 passes (31.3%) that have traveled at least 20 meters in the air, ranking 26th in the NFL.
"We just don't hit them," said Jackson. "We just have to train and bond there and then we go to the game. We'll be fine."
Jackson's rush has also decreased. It has risen from an average of 80.4 yards per game to 58.8 this season.
Jackson noted how the Baltimore defense played differently this season.
"They're just trying to run straight to the scrimmage line before I get past our line, or get past the middle linebackers or outside linebackers," Jackson said. "They're just going downhill pretty well. We'll find ways to fix that."