Ravens coach John Harbaugh mentioned star quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson should “tighten up his recreation” amid his 2020 struggles.
Jackson took the league by storm throughout his MVP marketing campaign in 2019 because the Ravens posted a 14-2 file earlier than dropping to the Titans within the AFC divisional playoffs He has discovered the going harder throughout the early levels of this season.
Jackson ranks 27th within the league with 1,343 passing yards and 30th with 60.5 completion proportion (115 for 190). The 23-year-old has thrown 12 touchdowns and 4 interceptions by seven video games.
Because the Ravens (5-2) put together to face the Colts on Sunday, Harbaugh informed reporters on Friday: “He nonetheless has lots to be taught, however the wonderful thing about Lamar is he acknowledges that.
“He understands that individuals are making him the main target. He has bought to discover a method to tighten up his recreation and beat these issues with precision and accuracy and his thoughts.
“They’re doing every thing they’ll with a number of sensible and proficient folks to cease Lamar Jackson the week that they play him.”
Harbaugh was additionally requested about three-time NFL Professional Bowler Dez Bryant, who joined Baltimore’s follow squad final month after having not performed a snap for the reason that 2017 season.
Bryant suffered a torn Achilles tendon in follow simply two days after signing with the Saints in 2018. The 31-year-old broad receiver, who led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2014, got here near becoming a member of the Ravens beforehand. Bryant spent eight seasons with the Cowboys earlier than leaving on the finish of the 2017.
He won’t be concerned in opposition to the Colts, with Harbaugh saying: “Once we really feel like he is prepared to come back up in form and is aware of the offense effectively sufficient and has sufficient functionality with Lamar on sufficient performs, then we’ll carry him up.
“When it occurs, I believe it’s going to occur. I do not suppose it is one thing you need to power feed in there. So, we’ll simply must see as we go.”
Bryant’s finest seasons got here in Dallas, the place the veteran had 531 receptions, 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns.
From 2012-14, Bryant had no less than 88 catches, 1,200 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, whereas incomes Professional Bowl choices in 2013, 2014 and 2016.