Remember last year, when everyone said that Lamar Jackson can’t beat the blitz? Well, let’s check in on how that’s going:
Lamar Jackson was blitzed on 49% of his dropbacks in the Ravens 37-26 victory over the Patriots.
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 25, 2022
I can’t say enough about the level that Jackson has reached so far this season. He’s not hitting every pass – no quarterback does – but he’s seeing the game in slo-mo right now. There have been whispered concerns about Jackson’s preparation and film study in past years, and he’s putting them to pasture with his total command of the offense.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Ravens had some lapses in coverage but got back to their ball-hawking ways with four turnovers.
This is the Marlon Humphrey that the Ravens defense needs 🔋 pic.twitter.com/kmhCYl0zoC
— The Ravens Realm (@RealmRavens) September 25, 2022
Sure, Humphrey has been constantly clowning the rookie on social media, but it’s clear that they’ve struck up a friendship and mentorship along the way. Just look at Hamilton’s punch-out on Sunday, a perfect imitation of Humphrey’s patented Fruit Punch.
Tune in on FOX!
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 25, 2022
That’s some really impressive closing speed from Hamilton, too, and it appears that reports of him being a bust were a bit premature.
But Ravens fans couldn’t help but target a player for an underwhelming performance, and this week it was Rashod Bateman, who drew criticism on Twitter despite being bracketed all day after two long TDs to start the season.
Lmao aye this one wins 😂 https://t.co/IFYeXFHPt9
— Rashod Bateman (@R_bateman2) September 25, 2022
I know some people don’t like it, but I appreciate that the young players on the team don’t take things too seriously. Kyle Hamilton did it after getting cooked at the Ravens’ stadium practice in July, and Bateman is able to laugh at a legitimately funny joke!
We all know Humphrey loves to clown around, too, but Marcus Peters was having none of it even after securing two turnovers.
— Angie Michelle (@AnGdmedizzle) September 25, 2022
People have talked about a leadership void on the team – especially the defense – since the departure of Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, but I’m not as concerned. No modern players can stand up to the legend of those Ravens, and they shouldn’t try to.
Ravens defensive leaders decided last Mon. to call player's only meeting to accelerate process of moving on from Miami collapse. They stressed the need to take accountability.
In Sunday's victory over Patriots, there was a lot of redemption to be had: https://t.co/rc6VkbV23U
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) September 26, 2022
Nothing like a good ol’ team meeting to get back on track. Sounds like leadership is alive and well in Baltimore.