Despite limited weaponry, Lamar Jackson puts in MVP performances in Week 1 | Yesterday’s price is not today’s price

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The Baltimore Ravens and Lamar Jackson opened the 2022 NFL season with an easy 24-9 win over the New York Jets. In the game, Jackson went 17 of 31 for 213 yards and three touchdowns, the highlight being his no-look throw to wide receiver Devin Duvernay, that should have gotten more hype, but since it wasn’t Matt Stafford, Patrick Mahomes or Aaron Rodgers, he is neglected.

Sunday’s victory was the culmination of a week in which Jackson and the Ravens failed to agree on a lucrative long-term deal. With Jackson’s self-imposed deadline to complete a deal last Friday, it’s believed he’ll play the final season of his current deal.

Jackson addresses the elephant in the bedroom

After Sunday’s win, Jackson responded to rumors that he turned down a deal that was up to $250 million in total and up to $160 million in guaranteed money. Jackson said that wasn’t true and even told ESPN’s Dianna Russini that the offered contract was between $160 million and $180 million and that he turned it down.

Russini asked Jackson, “Are you going to ride all year? Jackson replied, ‘we’ll see,’ with a smirk.

Russini also asked Jackson if he turned down a $250 million contract. Jackson asked “guaranteed?” Russia said “yes”. Jackson then responded with a resounding “no”.

Jackson continues to win despite limited weaponry

Throughout his career, Jackson never had big wide receivers like many other quarterbacks. Take Sunday for example, his three touchdown passes have gone to unproven Ravens draft picks over the past two seasons in the aforementioned Duvernay and last year’s first-round pick Rashod Bateman. One wonders what it would be like if he ever had a guy like Davante Adams, Stefon Diggs, DeAndre Hopkins or Justin Jefferson.

This offseason, former Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead has spoken about the lack of top receivers Jackson plays with every week and how he still manages there.

In a June interview with the “Go Long” podcast, Snead spoke about Jackson’s lack of weapons resulting from the type of offense Baltimore committed.

“Yeah, it’s hard. When we compare Greg Roman to a Sean Payton offense or Greg Roman to a Jon Gruden offense, it’s like night and day. There is a lot more creativity in the passing game. … If the Ravens had more creativity in the passing game and put more emphasis on it each season, I think more receivers would be willing to come. Because Lamar is a great player to play with. He is everything on the team. He’s funny. It brings daily energy. You want to play with quarterbacks like that. But the system pushes the guys away.

The system is about big tight ends and physical run-blocking receivers, which is how the Ravens built their team. Despite that, Jackson still led the Ravens to a 38-12 record with him under center. He won the 2019 NFL MVP and that season led the league in touchdowns with 36.

Now the Ravens are playing with fire by not extending it. He looks very focused, and without him the Ravens are nowhere near the same potential juggernaut.

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