The Ravens offseason programme will be on the most intriguing to keep an eye on around the NFL this offseason.
After a disappointing 2017, in which Joe Flacco was again underwhelming, the front office made a drastic draft day move to potentially alter the direction of the franchise.
GM Ozzie Newsome traded back into round one to snag dynamic Louisville QB Lamar Jackson.
It's a move that will heap pressure onto Flacco to perform, but it also outlines the longterm plans that the organisation has.
Jackson is a project, but he's already turning heads in practice, and it seems as though he will have a role to play on game day come the start of the regular season.
The former Heisman Trophy winner has electric speed and elusive running ability that is incomparable amongst current NFL quarterbacks.
His ability to wreck havoc outside the pocket has certainly caught the eye of some of his teammates too, and their assessment of him is worth taking note of.
"Every time he runs I’m in awe because most people -- especially a quarterback -- can’t move the way he does," wide receiver Chris Moore said per ESPN.com. "So you just know that this year he’s going to make some plays, for sure."
Pro Bowl linebacker CJ Mosley even went as far as comparing Jackson to one of the most electric players in NFL history; Michael Vick.
“Once he gets out of the pocket, it’s like watching a young Michael Vick,” Mosley said, via ESPN. “It’s amazing to watch. When you’re defending him, you just have to act like you’re tagging off — you don’t want to be on the highlight reel. … It’s fun to watch him. It’s good to see him out there making plays and being comfortable.”
Jackson may not take many reps as the QB1, but the Ravens have been getting creative and experimenting with two quarterback sets.
Mosley noted that those sets are proving extremely difficult to defend against, especially when Jackson lines up out wide or offset from Flacco in the shotgun.
"It’s very creative," the former Alabama standout said. "We don’t really know it’s going to work until we put it out there. It’s been giving us some problems on some of the plays. It’s cool just to see the way we can switch things up with quarterbacks. As long as we don’t have Joe [Flacco] doing too much running, that’s really all that matters."
By the sounds of it, Jackson and Flacco on the field at the same time could lead to some highlight reel worthy plays and cause utter chaos for opposing defenses.
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