New Ravens OC hints at how team plans to use Lamar Jackson on offense
by DZEVAD MESIC | VIEW 930
New Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken suggests the goal going forward is to have Lamar Jackson use more his arm than his legs. Jackson's legs have been a major weapon since he came to the league as the Ravens quarterback is also a very gifted runner.
But having Jackson run frequently makes some concerned regarding the long-term health of the Ravens quarterback. Last year, Jackson suffered a Grade 2 PCL sprain in his knee and he was forced to miss the last five games of the season.
Jackson also missed five games during the 2021 season.
Ravens OC Monken on how the team plans to use Jackson
"I think the more talented you are around your quarterback, the less he has to take on that burden and shoulder the load, because you're excited about getting others the football where they can utilize their skill set.
So I think that kind of answers itself. As you get further into your career, you want to take some of that off the player as best as you can. But he also has a unique trait, a unique skill set. You can't take that completely out of his tool box because that's a huge weapon for him and for us, is using his feet," Monken said, via CBS Sports.
In March, Jackson requested a trade from the Ravens. In late April, the Ravens announced that they reached an agreement with Jackson on a five-year, $260 million deal. After getting the deal he wanted, Jackson said he never really wanted to leave the Ravens.
"OK the trade, I requested a trade, but it was nothing serious. It was just getting the ball rolling. It's part of business. But I'm satisfied. It's in the past. I'm glad it's over with. I'm happy to be here," Jackson said on The Lounge podcast. It remains to be seen if Jackson can lead the Ravens to the Super Bowl victory in 2023.