Ravens lose Lamar Jackson to concussion in playoff loss in Buffalo
Ravens lose Lamar Jackson to concussion in playoff loss in Buffalo initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Lamar Jackson’s season ended someplace in the Ravens’ locker space in Buffalo, far from the field where the Ravens lost 17-3 and even further away from the Super Bowl.
After a bad breeze required Jackson to rush in reverse towards his own endzone and scoop up the ball, he tossed it as far as he might to the near sideline in an effort to toss the ball away and reduce any damage. Rather, they flagged him for deliberate grounding and he suffered a concussion.
The loss definitely wasn’t on Jackson, however a substantial portion of the blame will be, as the Ravens lost to the Expenses in the AFC Divisional Round, their 2nd straight year with a loss in the 2nd round.
“It’s just a sucky moment,” pass receiver Willie Snead stated. “You go down like that with a concussion, and the odds of you coming back are slim. Just the competitor that he is, I know he wants to be out there to finish the game with us and give us a chance to come back.”
With Jackson out, along with backup quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Trace McSorley, the Ravens relied on undrafted novice Tyler Huntley, who invested the whole season on the group’s practice team. Prior To Saturday, Huntley had actually tossed simply 5 profession passes in the NFL.
Huntley moved the ball down the field on the group’s last drive and revealed indications of life with his legs, however any sensible opportunity the Ravens had of a resurgence was lost when Jackson left the field.
“He’s a tough guy, so anytime you see him go down, you know he’s feeling something,” Andrews stated. “I don’t know what’s going on with him, but I hope he’s alright.”
According to numerous reports, Jackson was cleared to take a trip with the group back to Baltimore after the video game.
At the time of Jackson’s injury, however, the Ravens still tracked 17-3 and were dealing with an uphill struggle if they wished to pull an upset and advance to the AFC National Championship. The loss definitely shouldn’t be laid at the feet of Jackson, as the offending line permitted 8 quarterback hits and had a hard time to get the run video game moving all night.
However the most significant play of the video game, maybe aside from Jackson’s concussion, came when he was selected off at the objective line as Taron Johnson put the Expenses ahead for excellent. At the time, the Ravens tracked 10-3 and were on the doorstep of a tie video game. And in a matter of plays, Jackson remained in the locker space, not able to assist.
“(Johnson) just squeezed really hard on Mark, and (Lamar) didn’t see him,” Snead said. “It was just one of those plays where he threw it, and (Johnson) just jumped it. It just sucks, man, because we had a 15-play drive going there, and it looked like we were about to score. It was a huge momentum shift in the game. It’s part of football, man. It is what it is. Just wish you could have those plays back — you know what I mean?”
Jackson ended the night 14-of-24 passing for 162 yards with the fateful interception. He added 34 yards on the ground on nine rushes through three quarters of play. In fact, Jackson nearly out-gained Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who totaled 209 yards in four quarters of play.
Still, that won’t be any consolation to the league’s 2019 MVP, who will hear the critics of his 1-3 postseason record.
“I just think he’ll look back at the whole season — not just this game, the whole season — and he’ll make those adjustments that he needs to do to be an elite quarterback, an even more elite quarterback,” Snead said.
He added after the game that Jackson was frustrated by the game and his injury, but was doing well health-wise.
What’s next for Jackson is, somehow, his fourth season in the NFL. He’s won an MVP award and taken the Ravens to the playoffs three times, but it’s clear the Ravens need another step to be taken in the passing game.
Naturally, he can be helped by improvements along the offensive line or in the receiving corps, where the Ravens’ deficiencies were on full display Saturday. But it’ll start with Jackson.
“He is an elite runner, an elite passer, but there are steps he can take, better strides that he can take, and he knows that,” Snead continued. “That’s the rival in him to wish to improve each and every offseason, to repair the little things that his video game requires enhancement on and continue to improve as a passer. I believe if he knuckles down on that part of his video game and actually reaches his complete capacity because location, then the sky is the limitation for Lamar, male.”
What’s next for Jackson won’t be simple. The exact same concerns about him as a passing quarterback will continue, relatively or unjustly, however the tools are there for him. And by the time the video game was over, the focus was currently on next season.
“I think this game is going to be a wake-up call for him, hopefully this offseason,” Snead stated. “So, we’ll see what he does next year.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.