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NFL World Reacts to Lamar Jackson Attending Minicamp (2022)

Jun 14, 2022
Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson has decided to attend minicamp after missing OTAs. The 25-year-old is looking for a new contract, and the Ravens have expressed interest in reaching an agreement. Let’s take a look at the news surrounding Jackson and the NFL world’s reaction to his arrival at minicamp.

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Lamar Jackson attending mandatory minicamp

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is in attendance for the team’s mandatory minicamp, according to a video from cornerback Marlon Humphrey that was shared by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Jackson will undergo a physical before taking the field. This is a notable development after Jackson was absent from OTAs. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson skipped OTAs amidst the absence of a new contract. The 25-year-old is reportedly in negotiations and the team insists that a deal will get done. However, for now, although Jackson is in the facility, nothing has been agreed upon. He is due $23 million this season and is scheduled to hit free agency next offseason. If an extension can’t be finalized, Jackson could be a top candidate for the franchise tag several years in a row. For the time being, he remains a top quarterback option in fantasy leagues.

By Andersen Pickard

NFL World Reacts to Lamar Jackson Attending Minicamp

Lamar Jackson 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

Lamar Jackson had a season to forget in 2021, as he dealt with a plethora of injuries/illnesses and regressed immensely as a passer. Two key metrics at PFF that are important to analyze for QBs are performance in a clean pocket and throwing at the intermediate level.

Jackson ranked 28th in passer rating from a clean pocket (90.4) and 22nd in PFF passing grade at the intermediate level (70.0). Despite all his shortcomings as a passer, Jackson still finished the season second in expected fantasy points per game (23.8) and seventh in fantasy points per game (21.3).

His expected fantasy point per game output marked the highest of his career thanks to the Ravens’ willingness to throw more in 2021. From 2019-to 2020, Jackson had 37 or more passing attempts in a game only four times. He did so five times in 2021, with Baltimore throwing at a 60% clip.

However, I would not anticipate the pass-heavy approach to continue into 2022. Their philosophical change on offense was forced out of necessity based on the injuries. But a lack of passing doesn’t impact Jackson the way it does most other QBs with his greatest fantasy asset being his legs.

Jackson may never recapture his 2019 rare MVP form when he averaged north of 28 fantasy points per game, but a 22-point per game average seems like his norm based on his last two years of fantasy production. In 2020, he led all QBs in fantasy points per dropback. That cements him as a clear-cut top-5 fantasy QB.
– Andrew Erickson

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