Ravens 21-0 over Titans

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (left) hands off to running back Alex Collins on Sunday during the Ravens’ 21-0 win over the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

NASHVILLE – Former Louisville quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson doesn’t get to see the field often with the Baltimore Ravens. He only played a few snaps in Baltimore’s 21-0 win Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium.

But the first-round pick is making the most of his time and enjoying the chance to learn under veteran Joe Flacco.

“It’s been pretty cool,” Jackson said. “I’ve got a Super Bowl-winning quarterback on my team. It’s a chance to watch him and see the amazing things he is able to do in practice and on the field. It’s pretty cool. Growing up and watching (Flacco and the Ravens third-string quarterback Robert Griffin III) perform and to actually see them in person now, it’s amazing. I am just trying to learn as much as I can from them.”

Jackson got a front row view of the Ravens’ dominating win Sunday, with the defense shutting out the Tennessee offense and recording 11 sacks.

“It was awesome,” Jackson said. “What, 106 yards they gave up? That’s crazy. Eleven sacks? That’s crazy. Hat’s off to the defense.”

Jackson was the fifth quarterback taken in the first round, with Baltimore trading up to get him with the final pick of the round at No. 32. The other four quarterbacks – Baker Mayfield in Cleveland, Josh Allen in Buffalo, Josh Rosen in Arizona and Sam Darnold with the New York Jets – are already starters for their respective franchises, while Jackson continues to see limited action behind Flacco.

Jackson said he feels a kinship to the other first-round quarterbacks and keeps track of what all of them are doing.

“They are performing well,” Jackson said. “They are going great. When the guys were coming in some people were saying they might have to sit and stuff like that, but the guys are doing good.”

Much like they have in the previous five games, Baltimore used Jackson as a change of pace on a couple of plays in Sunday’s win.

Jackson handed off to Alex Collins on his first snap, but kept the ball himself on his other snap – a 22-yard run to the 1 that set up a Collins touchdown. It was his 17th attempt of the season and his longest run as a pro – just missing his first NFL touchdown.

“I was a yard and a half (from scoring),” Jackson said. “I just kept my legs driving. I was a bit disappointed, but Alex Collins scored the touchdown so we are good.”

Jackson didn’t throw a pass Sunday and is 1-for-4 for 24 yards in limited attempts this season. The chances may be few, but he said knowing he could be asked to come in at any moment keeps him on his toes on the sidelines – knowing that with every game he gathers more and more experience, learning from a quarterback who has already been battle-tested.

“I’m going to be ready regardless,” Jackson said. “Anything to help my team win.”{&end}


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