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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson Ready to Show His Growth in Preseason Debut Thursday

Lamar Jackson will make his preseason debut Thursday, when the Ravens play the Bears in the Hall of Fame game and he wants to show how far he has grown as a quarterback, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports.

“I’m a quarterback. That’s the first thing I want to show off,” Jackson said. “Just show the growth, from college to my new chapter of life.”

Before being a first-round pick this year, Jackson made it clear that he wouldn’t entertain a position switch. He told teams that he would only play quarterback and not participate in wide receiver drills leading up to the draft.

Jackson won the Heisman Trophy in 2016 with 3,543 passing yards and 30 touchdowns to go with 1,571 rushing yards and 21 more touchdowns. This past season, he threw for 3,660 yards with 27 touchdowns to go with 1,601 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.

With the Ravens, Jackson has been inconsistent, hitting some deep passes while struggling at times on his accuracy. During training camp, the Ravens have used Jackson in two-quarterback plays with Joe Flacco, lining him up at different position at times.


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