Lamar Jackson delivered his most impressive performance of the preseason and showed that his arm can be just as dangerous as his legs. In the Baltimore Ravens' 27:10 street tour of the Miami Dolphins, Jackson was consistently on target Saturday night, 7 out of 10 for 98 yards and a touchdown. The rookie's first round then delivered a targeted shot to the critics.
"I hope people know I can throw now even though I had a low percentage," Jackson told WBAL-TV as he walked off the field. "It's all good, we had fun and came away with a win."
In his first three preseason games, Jackson had completed 41.9 percent of his passes (18 of 43), which was the lowest of all qualifying quarterbacks (those with at least 1
On Saturday night, he took what the defense gave him instead of trying to force passports. After running for a 19-yard touchdown, Jackson capped the next drive by hitting DeVier Posey for a 21-yard touchdown. In five rides, Jackson finished with 137 yards total offense and a 134.6 passer rating (out of a possible 158.3).
"I think today was his breakout in a game," said John Harbaugh, Ravens coach. "We've seen it in practice, where he did some really good things, we had not really seen it in a game yet, today he came a bit in position for him."
Jackson's best decision came in three games before his touchdown pass. Rolling to his right, Jackson had a clear lead in front of him, but threw Tim White for a 33-yard completion.
"A lot of people doubt it," Jackson said. "They always say that I run fast when I'm out of the bag, as you can see [pass] sometimes happens."
This was a home game for Jackson. He grew up in Pompano Beach, Florida, which is 24 miles from Hard Rock Stadium.
Prior to this game, James Urban, Ravens quarterback coach, had Jackson's interest in passing more passes. Jackson also wanted to warm up better than before his previous pre-season game, in which he did not complete his first four passes.
On Saturday night, Jackson had another routine before coming into play at the start of the second half. He was asked to complete 10 passes before going into halftime and 10 passes after the break.
After his first round was incomplete against the dolphins, Jackson said he thought, "I can not have the same results."  "The key that came this week was to pass passports and increase my percentage," he said.
The Ravens will have another pre-season game before deciding whether to carry three quarterbacks for the first time since 2009.
Griffin will now try to leave the duty bubble on Thursday when he faces the Washington Redskins at Baltimore's M & T Bank Stadium. The Redskins designed Griffin No. 2 overall in 2012.
"There's likely to be a story about it," Griffin said of the Redskins. "But other than that, let's just continue what we did and let the coaches decide at the end of the day."