Coach: Being fifth quarterback in his class fuels NFL MVP Lamar Jackson



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Coach: Being fifth quarterback in his class fuels NFL MVP Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman thinks we should expect the team's starting quarterback Lamar Jackson to keep Improving as the coach believes their quarterback is a rare talent. Jackson, who was named the NFL MVP last season, absolutely exploded in his second year in the league as he led the Ravens to the best record regular season of 14 wins and two losses, all while posting some numbers that had never been seen before.

The 23-year-old set a league record by a quarterback when he ran for 1,206 yards and also ran for seven touchdowns and finished first with 36 touchdown passes. "Picture a bar graph, and there's 50 or 60 things that every day you're measured in each category at.

If you can get all 50 of those up 2 percent or 3 percent, then you're a much better player at the end of the day. I think there's a magic to his style and how he plays—some creativity. We always want to focus that creativity and that energy into winning football and winning football decisions on the field—accuracy, timing, vision, all those things.

It's a constant, slow, steady upward tick in all those different categories," Roman told Bleacher Report.

Another coach believes Jackson will keep Improving

Joshua Harris, who first started working with Jackson while the quarterback was still in high school, now serves as the reigning NFL MVP's personal quarterback coach.

After an outstanding regular season, Jackson and the Ravens failed to deliver when it mattered most as they were surprised at home by the Tennessee Titans in an AFC divisional playoff game. "We had this conversation when I first saw him this offseason," Harris told Bleacher Report.

"I told him, 'Well, now you know you're the MVP.' He looked at me strangely because we never talk about accolades. He responded, 'What do you mean, Coach?' He might have been a target before because he's the quarterback, but he's going to have a huge target on his back, and they're going to prepare more for your game.

"He explicitly said to me, 'They're preparing for me, but I'm preparing more for them. I'm going to keep a chip on my shoulder.' He remembers being in that room before becoming the 32nd overall pick.

That fuels all of his preparation and where his mindset is. He doesn't see himself as the MVP; he sees himself as the fifth quarterback taken in his draft class."