When the Baltimore Ravens drafted Lamar Jackson with the 32nd-overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, questions engulfed the minds of fans.
Was it the end of the Flacco era?
Was he worthy of a first-round pick?
How will the Ravens utilize him throughout the season?
Nine games into the 2018 season and the last question presented is still just that.
Jackson has shown glimpses of speed and is proving to be a good distraction for opposing defenses, but how and when they use him has lacked consistency. And with the team heading into their bye week 4-5 and third in the AFC North, John Harbaugh would like to find ways to get Jackson on the field even more.
"I don't think counterproductive because we're gaining yards and making plays," Harbaugh said when asked if having Jackson on the field has been hurting his team more than helping them.
"I would like to find more of it, to be honest with you. I would like to see him out there more and find ways to get him on the field more, if we can. He's a good player."
During Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Steelers, Jackson had five rushing attempts for 10 yards averaging 2-yards-per-carry and was 1-for-1 through the air for 12 yards. Over nine games, the QB is 7-for-12 for 87 yards and one touchdown in addition to 28 rushing attempts for 138 yards and one rushing touchdown.
When asked how much he's enjoyed having a more prominent role on offense, Jackson said he felt like he needed to do more.
"We need to score more points," he said. "That's all; I've got to help my team move the ball."
Jackson had a huge opportunity to help his team Sunday while lined up at receiver with the Ravens threatening in the red zone. However, Joe Flacco completely overlooked him and threw the ball to John Brown in double coverage.
At the end of 60 minutes, Jackson was on the field for 13 snaps, 21 percent of the game, but looking around at other multi-quarterback teams in the league Harbaugh knows the Ravens could do better.
"That's not easy to do," he said. "The Saints came in here a couple weeks ago and put their two quarterbacks out there 24 times, I think. Whether that's something we do in the future, we'll have to decide. Our offensive coaches do a good job of working through that stuff."
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