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Lamar Jackson lands at No. 30 in Chris Simms' Top 40 QB Rankings for 2019

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Lamar Jackson lands at No. 30 in Chris Simms' Top 40 QB Rankings for 2019

During his rookie season, Lamar Jackson went 6-1 with the Ravens and provided a late-season spark that resulted in a trip to the playoffs. That, combined with snippets and his uber-athleticism may have been enough to convince some that he has the ability to be one of the better quarterbacks in the game. However, some deficiencies in the passing game have others wanting to see more before they make that statement.

NBC Sports' Chris Simms falls in the latter, ranking Jackson No. 30 in his Top 40 Quarterbacks for the 2019 NFL season rankings on his podcast "Unbuttoned." For Simms, it was a mixture of positives mixed with multiple "what ifs?" that led to the analyst putting him where he did.

Starting with the positives, Simms, like many others, is impressed with Jackson's athleticism. His ability as a runner is a plus, but Simms also believes that Jackson has the arm talent as well.

"There's of course the athleticism I love. Some of the throws I love," Simms said. "He shows potential to be a special passer at times."

Simms also gave Jackson credit for leading Baltimore to a second-half surge and an appearance in the postseason, viewing it as an impressive feat for any rookie in any situation. Yet even with his early success on paper, Simms sees some glaring problems in his passing game tape.

"There are major issues with technique and consistency in his throwing," Simms said. "That's my big concern with Lamar Jackson."

Evident in some of his performances, specifically the AFC Wild Card Round against the Chargers, Jackson is still somewhat raw as a passer.

As Simms sees it, a few of the main issues lie in his footwork. Citing that Jackson keeps his feet too narrow and locks his right leg, Simms believes those techniques need to be fixed in order for Jackson to avoid costly mistakes.

Like many, Simms sees the potential in Jackson. However, that alone doesn't fully sell him on the quarterback just yet.

"The reason I don't have him rated higher, because I think if you look at 6-1, went to the playoffs as a rookie, all good I get it," Simms said. "But, I just gotta see more in the passing game first before I can put him there."

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Sports Illustrated predicts Ravens defense will regress this season

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Sports Illustrated predicts Ravens defense will regress this season

With training camp just eight days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. The Ravens are expected to have one of the best defenses in the NFL this season, but not the No. 1 ranked. Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit says he predicts the Ravens defense will actually regress due to the loss of C.J. Mosely and Terrell Suggs in free agency. However, not as much as one would expect, he says.

2. Speaking of defense, Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon is entering his contract year. The Athletics' Jeff Zrebiec writes that this upcoming season should be a breakout year for Judon who could make a big impact on defense. 

3. Ravens Training Camp passes are now available. The Ravens have 14 different training camp practices open to the public this season. Claim your tickets and parking pass here or on the Ravens' mobile app.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson organizes private workout with receivers

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson organizes private workout with receivers

With training camp just nine days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. Quarterback Lamar Jackson organized an off-site work out with Ravens wide receivers Chris Moore and Willie Snead IV over the weekend. The second-year quarterback followed through with his plan of working with his receivers on his own time before training camp begins next week. Backup quarterback Robert Griffin III was present as well.

2. With the addition of six-time Pro Bowler Earl Thomasthe Ravens secondary was ranked the deepest group in the NFL, according to NFL.com's Chris Wesseling. Pairing Thomas with safety Tony Jefferson creates one of the best safety tandems in the league, and Baltimore has a deep group of cornerbacks in Jimmy Smith, Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, and Tavon Young. The Ravens defense allowed just 17.9 points per game a season ago, which was the second-best mark in the NFL.

3. Ravens Training Camp passes are now available. The Ravens have 14 different training camp practices open to the public this season. Claim your tickets and parking pass here or on the Ravens' mobile app.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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