NBC Sports' Peter King traveled to the Ravens training camp last week to take a look at second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson and is raving about the progression he's seen in the former Heisman Trophy winner.
"I love the fact Lamar Jackson wants the pressure on his shoulders," King told NBC Sports Washington. "He's not going to get freaked out by saying as you go, so will the Ravens."
With added weapons in his arsenal including veteran running back Mark Ingram as well as the team's first-round selection from April's draft in dynamic wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, the expectations in Charm City have been elevated for 2019.
"You know to be great in the NFL, I think you have to complete at least 62-63 percent," King said. "He's already proven he can win games with his legs. Now he's got to prove long-term that he can win games with his arm."
The AFC North has been a popular topic of discussion during the offseason with both Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell departing from the Steelers to Oakland and the Jets, respectively, as well as the Browns making the summers' biggest splash and landing superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the Giants. One of the more underrated moves of the offseason was the Ravens' acquisition of perennial Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, who will bring an added edge to the team's already stifling defense.
"This is not one team's division, this is a three-team race in the AFC North (Ravens, Steelers, Browns), King said. "The ceiling (for Baltimore) is an 11-5 record and winning the division. The floor for the Ravens is 6-10, but I don't see a John Harbaugh coached team going 6-10."
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