Every year we give our premium content members a team-by-team, player-by-player look at the NFL season that was. The coverage will be in-depth, but because the Dynasty Capsule series begins immediately after the season, we won’t use it to discuss free agency or the draft. Come see us in early May once Mr. Irrelevant is off the board for another 32-article series giving you the same detailed discussion you’ll see below.
Buckle up dynasty fans, because you’re about to be reminded why our motto is, “There is no off-season.”
The new-look Baltimore Ravens finished the 2018 regular season with a 10-6 record and an AFC North division title, and Jackson proved to be the future for this franchise. After taking over the starting quarterback position in week 11, Jackson led the Ravens to a 6-1 record to finish the season leaning on a great defense and a run-heavy offense.
Skeptics wondered how the Ravens would balance Jackson’s athletic running ability with his questionable passing accuracy. The answer was simple: run the ball. In his seven regular season starts, he threw for just 1,200 yards and failed to surpass 200 yards passing in all but one of them. He threw six touchdowns and three interceptions while finishing the season with an overall QBR of 48.7. The difference however, came on the ground.
Jackson rushed a total of 147 times for 695 yards and five touchdowns. In retrospect, he was responsible for 11 touchdowns in his seven starts which really is impressive considering the balance in which he did it. Most would say the Ravens offense regressed to fit Jackson’s limited passing attack, but it worked and will give areas of improvement for Jackson in 2019.
In September of 2018, Jackson held an ADP of 169, being taken near the halfway point of most drafts. He now holds a rank of 101.17 in January 2019 being selected in the mid to late eight round.
It is clear that Jackson is the future of this franchise. Now that the Ravens know what skills they are working with, it will be interesting to see which pieces they acquire in the 2019 Draft to build around their superstar talent quarterback.