This is the story of Lamar Jackson, but it’s not about his contract.
No, this time it’s all about Jackson’s hand, specifically the potential improvements that Jackson made before training camp. His offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, believes this could open the door to a whole new world for Baltimore.
“I think it’s the best one I’ve ever seen,” Roman said on Friday. “What do we have, three days? And he probably shoots better than I’ve ever seen him shoot. He really worked hard in the offseason and it shows. and we are all very excited.”
Training camp is traditionally the peak season for optimism, and there’s no shortage of it in Baltimore, where the Ravens believe they have what it takes to challenge for the title, and Jackson – with or without a contract extension – will be the one to lead them to this. . They feel even better about the quarterback after the first few days at camp, when Roman was raving about Jackson’s physical changes, so much so that he even noticed his – wait – his handshake.
“When I shake his hand, it feels a little different,” Roman said. via ESPN’s Jamison Hensley when describing the physical results of Jackson’s off-season training.
Much of this should and will be eye-rolling, but if there is any substantial truth to this seeming exaggeration, it will indeed bode well for the Ravens. Jackson has long been a uniquely talented, game-breaking quarterback, but his passes have not been as elite as those of others in his position. When the forsh lane is taken away from him, Jackson is forced to throw, and although he does a few highlights every week, he is not as feared in the air as Patrick Mahomes or Aaron Rodgers.
If this is the beginning of a change for the better in this department, beware. Miami stunned the football world by holding back Jackson and putting down Baltimore’s Thursday night offense in Florida last season, but if the new and improved Jackson isn’t just a marketing gimmick, that probably won’t be the case for many rivals in the future – which means that The Ravens may end up capitalizing on Jackson’s talents.