The 2022 season was a big one for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. He ended contract talks with the team on the Friday heading into the season opener, as he didn’t want negotiations to be a distraction on the field.
Baltimore is certainly going to regret not getting a deal done as the price tag to retain Jackson is going to just keep climbing throughout the season. Already with one MVP on his resume, Jackson looks to be gunning for a second one.
Through three games, the Ravens are 2-1 and could easily be 3-0 if the defense didn’t get torched for four touchdowns in the fourth quarter in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins and Tua Tagovailoa. Jackson did his part to put the team in a position to win the game that week as he has done the others thus far this season.
The Louisville product has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 749 yards. He is leading the league with 10 touchdown passes compared to only one interception and his 119 quarterback rating is also tops in the league.
While Jackson is showing he can get the job done with his arm, it is actually his legs that still remain his most dangerous weapon. He has already amassed 243 rushing yards this season with two more scores. That puts him in a tie with Christian McCaffrey for fifth place in rushing yards this season.
While there are other quarterbacks in the league that are as capable of throwing the ball as they are running it, no one approaches the dual-threat level that Jackson does. According to PFF, Jackson has seven games in his career in which he has passed for at least 200 yards and rushed for 100 yards in the same game. No one else has more than three.
Lamar Jackson is in a league of his own when it comes to producing offensively. He will likely add to that total that PFF shared in the coming weeks, continually pushing up the price that it will cost to sign him to a long-term deal.