Bennett Jackson has hung tight five years for the minute he’ll likely have Sunday in Seattle, however he’s as yet playing it cool.
Since being a 6th round draft pick of the New York Giants in 2014, Jackson has still not played in a customary season game.
Re-marked Tuesday to Baltimore’s 53-man list, Jackson is stepping in for harmed security DeShon Elliott, who went down Sunday with a season-finishing knee damage.
“He’ll be playing on Sunday, I’m sure, quite a bit,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said.
At the point when Jackson left a Monday meeting with the New York Jets and saw a lot of missed calls from his operator, he realized something was up. At the point when he heard it was the Ravens, he was thrilled, yet additionally somewhat torn.
Jackson felt like he was additionally going to get called up from the Jets’ training squad to the 53-man program. So Jackson had a discussion with Jets General Manager Joe Douglass, a previous Raven, about it. At last, Jackson felt more like a Raven than a Jet.
Despite the fact that Jackson was one of the Ravens’ last cuts toward the finish of the preseason, he stayed in a gathering instant message with Baltimore’s other cautious backs. They had a standard. Regardless of whether they changed groups, they needed to remain in the visit.
“A brotherhood is a brotherhood,” Jackson said. “On a new team, you’re still getting to know all the guys. I know everybody here. I know what everybody can do and how everybody plays. I know the system. That helps me play better.”
Jackson spent a significant part of the previous two years with the Ravens. He hung out in offseason rehearses, however was set on harmed save, at that point re-marked to the training squad last season. This late spring, he sparkled again yet succumbed to the “numbers game” in the auxiliary.
However, since the Ravens’ optional has been extended slim by wounds, Jackson at long last has his chance. It’s been bound to happen.
In the wake of returning from microfracture medical procedure in his new kid on the block year, Jackson was in line to turn into a starter in the Giants’ resistance in Year 2. A torn ACL in the subsequent preseason game finished that. He was discharged the accompanying summer.
Jackson went through the following two years out of football altogether, only proceeding to prepare and planning to get another shot. The Ravens gave him that when they marked him to a save/future agreement on Jan. 3, 2018.
“I’ve had a lot of unfortunate situations,” Jackson said. “I could sit back and say, ‘What if this and that.’ But I just deal with what I can deal with.”
Presently, at long last, he’ll get his shot to play in a genuine game, however he’s controlling his feelings.
“I’ve been ready to play for years. That’s really what I’ve been grinding on. I’m not somebody that’s going to get all flustered or nervous because it’s a live game,” Jackson said.
“I’m a believer in hard work and consistency. I told myself when I was out of the league going on my second year, ‘Commit all your time and energy to training and doing the right thing and see how it plays out. If it doesn’t play out, at least you won’t have any regrets.’”
Lamar Jackson Is Better Prepared for Seattle’s Crowd Noise
Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is home to the “twelfth Man” and maybe the noisiest home condition in the NFL. As Harbaugh stated, it’s a battling factor for any offense and challenge for any quarterback.
Being in a rowdy air is the same old thing for Lamar Jackson. Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium was touted a similar way only a month prior, and a year prior to that.
As the years and weeks have passed by, the Ravens have seen a quarterback who is better prepared to deal with such a street test. Harbaugh said he’s seen extraordinary improvement in Jackson’s treatment of snap checks and activity of the offense since a year ago.
“He’s just way, way more advanced. We do so much more now,” Harbaugh said. “Our motions are more complex. Our cadence is more complex, both verbal and silent. We’re under [center]. We’re in the gun. We’re pistol. We’re empty. We do a lot of different things, and he’s really done a good job handling all of it.”
Harbaugh said the volume will be turned up at Ravens practice this week, and kidded that staff individuals should “put your earplugs in” this week. Jackson said mentors have been cautioning him how boisterous it will be, yet in average style, he doesn’t appear to perspire it.
“I just have to do a good job of executing, calling out the plays and letting everyone hear me,” Jackson said.
Jackson’s Body Feels Good After Career Rushing Day
Here’s a note for every one of the worriers out there. After a record-setting double risk execution, Jackson says his body feels fine and dandy.
Jackson ran a season-high multiple times Sunday against Cincinnati on the way to 152 surging yards. It was the third-most surging endeavors he’s had in a solitary game in his young profession.
Harbaugh said Jackson took a couple a bigger number of hits than he would have enjoyed, however generally, Jackson worked admirably of escaping limits and keeping away from significant contact. On Wednesday, Jackson said he’s no more awful for the wear.
“I feel pretty good. I ran a lot more last year,” Jackson said. “I didn’t really take hits that much last year, and I haven’t been taking many hits this year. Just my rushing [attempts] increased this week. … My body’s good, 100 percent.”
Brandon Carr Is an Option to Play Safety
With the expansion of Marcus Peters, the Ravens will have an overflow of ability at cornerback once Jimmy Smith (knee) returns.
By what method will Peters, Marlon Humphrey, Smith and Brandon Carr all discover snaps? One alternative, particularly thinking about the Ravens’ damage circumstance, could be to utilize Carr at security.
“Absolutely, we sure can [move him around],” Harbaugh said. “He’s played all the corner spots, and he’s actually played safety a little bit here and there in the regular season. So, he’s definitely an option to play some reps at safety, for sure.”
Carr said he has played some security over his 12 NFL seasons, and has turned out to be especially progressively flexible since coming to Baltimore in 2017.
“Whatever position they put me in, it’s kind of like a Swiss-Army knife,” Carr said. “My thing is I want to win football games. I don’t have any pride issues. Wherever duty calls, I’ll be ready for it.”