OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens quarterback coach James City has been working with Lamar Jackson since his rookie 12 months.
Jackson continues to impress City together with his work ethic, consideration to element, and dedication to win.
“I might say he’s some of the motivated individuals I’ve ever been round – inherently motivated,” City mentioned. “So, does that add gas to the hearth? I don’t how a lot gas to the hearth you really want. I imply, he’s a extremely motivated younger man, who desires to realize nice issues, and he works very exhausting at doing these issues.
“So, doubt him, imagine in him, assume he’s nice, assume he’s … I don’t know that he cares a lot about different individuals’s opinions, apart from individuals on this constructing.”
Jackson’s throws have been tighter in coaching camp. That was the primary focus of the offseason. His footwork has additionally improved.
General, Jackson seems way more comfortable getting into his fourth season and it is a product of the exhausting work he has put in.
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“We’ve been working very exhausting on his mechanics – from toes all the way in which up,” City mentioned. “We’ve talked loads, particularly, about some specific throws. It was exhibiting up a little bit extra on some sorts of throws versus others. So, we’ve executed loads, and it’s largely been him, simply placing within the time and the exhausting work of getting there. We’re chasing that consistency. We’re a lot improved; we’re nonetheless chasing it.”
Quarterback Lamar Jackson threw for two,757 yards with 26 touchdowns and 9 interceptions (99.3 ranking) final season. He additionally led the crew with 1,005 yards speeding. Jackson grew to become the primary quarterback in league historical past to file two 1,000 yards speeding seasons. He missed the primary week of coaching camp as a result of he examined constructive for COVID-19 for the second 12 months, however has appeared stable since his return.
City has watched Jackson grasp the Ravens offense, which has continued to evolve. Jackson understands find out how to execute the sport plan and is ready to make the required changes.
Uran is assured that Jackson will proceed to evolve with a number of new extensive receivers within the fold.
“It’s simply an evolution – that’s all it’s,” Uran mentioned. “I believe I mentioned earlier than, Michael Jordan might drive, after which he discovered a bounce shot. So, that’s type of how we’ve approached it. He’s not going to cease driving the lane. Michael Jordan didn’t cease driving the lane; he simply discovered find out how to shoot higher and extra constantly. So, we’re simply studying find out how to, extra constantly, throw the ball – and extra precisely.
There may be familiarity with the offense, however the offense is ever-evolving. We’re not going to look the identical as we did final 12 months; we’re not going to look the identical as we did in opposition to Washington. We’re going to maintain evolving, so there are continually issues that you’re studying and dealing on, however our focus – certainly one of our nice focuses – has been on enchancment of consistency throwing the ball.”