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Mike Preston: QB Lamar Jackson's poor decision-making again puts himself and the Ravens in a difficult spot

Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun on

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Regardless, the Ravens started training camp without him, and because of NFL protocol he might miss 10 days. (According to a memo shared with teams, an unvaccinated player who tests positive and is not showing symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days.) Harbaugh tried to downplay Jackson’s absence, but the Ravens spent most of this offseason preparing to draft rookie receivers Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace and signing free agent Sammy Watkins to increase production in the downfield passing game.

They’ll still have the opportunity, but 10 missed practices can’t be made up. Worse yet, this is a quarterback who struggles with mechanics. He needs time with his new receivers and their coaches.

But this isn’t just about Jackson on the field. Remember in March 2019, when he posted a video of himself driving 105 mph without his seat belt fastened?

In June 2020, there was Jackson in a video scrambling during a beach football game and falling over a nearby jet ski. Earlier this month, there was footage of Jackson taking reps at wide receiver and defensive back on a basketball court against local players.

Come on now, who is advising this guy? Under sound advice, who risks a $40 million a year contract on a cement surface?

It’s time for Jackson to put on his big boy pants, grow up and cut out the immature antics.

 

Harbaugh and team general manager Eric DeCosta are smart and reasonable men. Jackson has tremendous talent, but they also are seeing a pattern of poor decision-making that they haven’t been able to stop. Defending Jackson has to be getting old, from his lack of ability to throw outside the numbers to his antics.

The assumption here is that if the Ravens sign Jackson to a new contract, there has to be restrictions on his offseason activities. Maybe there has to be a common sense clause added that when you are one of the most famous players in the NFL it’s not a good idea to walk into a restaurant — like he did last week when he visited the Harbor East restaurant Blk Swan — without a mask during the recent COVID-19 surge.

After all, a lot of people want to meet Jackson, get his autograph and speak to him.

It’s sound advice, apparently something Jackson isn’t getting in his inner circle and is not mature enough to seek out on his own.

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