After a sensational start to the 2022 season, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has been named AFC Player of the Month for the first time since his unanimous league MVP season in 2019. He only earned the honor once that year and will likely surpass that number this year if he maintains his current record pace at a time as a football pitcher and runner and his team keeps winning.
Jackson is widely considered the favorite in the MVP race and currently leads the league in passing touchdowns (10), total touchdowns (12), passer rating (119), touchdown percentage as a passer (11.4) and yards per carry (9.3). He’s also ranked fourth in rushing yards (273), second in QBR (78.4), and recorded the longest touchdown passes (75 yards) and rushes (79 yards).
The star signalman is already the greatest dual-threat quarterback the game has ever seen and probably will ever see and is the engine on which the Ravens offense is built around the flows. Thanks to their Herculean efforts with their live throwing arm and power legs, they are the top scoring unit in the league through the first three weeks of the season averaging 33 points per game.
Jackson silenced all of his critics who questioned and doubted he could ever become a full NFL quarterback who could not only operate but dominate as a pocket passer while preserving and releasing the dangerous threat which he owns and presents as a runner. . He “absolutely destroys” the opposing defense when they hit him with a near-perfect passer rating and ranks first in the EPA by setback against the blitz (.97) according to Fox Sports’ Warren Sharp and Sharp analysis of football.
Jackson likes to be under center
One of the biggest wrinkles the Roman and the Ravens have implemented in this year’s offense that has allowed Jackson to thrive and take his game to another level is allowing him to operate more under center. This brings even more unpredictability to an offense that is already a headache to defend and nearly impossible to slow down or limit when it’s clicking on all cylinders or when Jackson is in a good rhythm with good pass protection at decent.
“I love it,” Jackson said at a press conference on Sept. 28, 2022. “I feel like it’s very effective, because defenses don’t know if you’re running the ball or if you step back to pass with the game action – stuff like that – so I feel like that helps us a lot.
Several crows receive praise from PFF
Jackson isn’t the only player on the team who has left for the start of the 2022 season according to Pro Football Focus. They have many players on the roster who rank among the elite and top 10 in the league at their respective positions.
Joining him as a star in their high-flying aerial attack is 2021 First-Team All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews who ranks fifth in the league and first among players in his position in receptions with 22 of 31 targets in three games. He’s tied for the second most touchdowns in the NFL with three and his 245 receiving yards lead the team and also rank first among all tight ends. PFF believes that Andrews is one of most complete players in his position in the entire league with an 87.8 receiving rating which ranks first among tight ends and a 72.4 run blocking rating which is still a top 10 for his positional pun.
Although their defense struggled to stay cohesive to start the season largely due to players returning and dropping with season-ending injuries, several members of the unit played well enough to earn individual recognition.
Award-winning free agent acquisition Marcus Williams has made his presence felt in every game so far and leads the league in interceptions with three and the Ravens in total tackles with 27. ups and downs in terms of communication and tackling at times, first-round pick Kyle Hamilton is the highest-ranked rookie safety and is two spots higher than Williams on the global list above position.
Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey appears to be back to his All-Pro form for three weeks with the way he was turned off and stuck in coverage. He won a 90.7 degree of coverage for his outstanding performance in the team’s Week 3 win over the New England Patriots and within their parameters, has the lowest allowable passer rating in single coverage this season among all the players in his position.
Third-year defensive tackle Justin Madubuike is also having a dominating start to the season and looks set for a breakout campaign with an 84.1 overall rating that’s better than Jackson’s. He was always a disruptive force who blew up plays and essentially took up permanent residence in opposing backfields with the way he relentlessly pressured quarterbacks and threw running backs over and behind. the line of scrimmage. According to Pro Football Reference, the 2020 third-round pick already has 1.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, three quarterback hits and six pressures.
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