NFL Rumors: Lamar Jackson's Recovery Progressing Smoothly


About a month ago, the Baltimore Raven's quarterback and former league MVP promised that he would be back on the field immediately after the Super Bowl. Yesterday, Lamar Jackson did exactly as he said he would, posting a videos to his Instagram account of him throwing passes to his receivers in Rashod Bateman and James Proche

Unfortunately, Jackson missed the last four weeks of the regular season due to a reasonably significant bone bruise in his ankle but returning to work this early in the recovery process is an excellent sign for the Ravens. Despite his attempts to return before the playoffs, Jackson remained in a walking boot through the end of the season so it's encouraging to see how hard the young signal caller is working to be available for his team as early as possible. 

Over 12 games last season, Jackson completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 2882 yards and 16 touchdowns as he led the Ravens to 7 wins. Despite last year not nearly being Jackson's most productive year in the league by any means and having struggled with injury he is still likely due for an upcoming contract extension that should keep him in Baltimore for the next several years. 

At the end of season press conference, Raven's general manager Eric DeCosta reaffirmed the team's intention to resign Jackson but did explain that the process was moving slowly. Lamar Jackson is one of the few players in the league that dose not have an agent in the traditional sense; so the while talks have been ongoing over the last year, it may not have been the priority as Jackson has repeatedly made mention that his focus is getting healthy. 

Moving forward, Jackson will likely continue to focus on his recovery but do not be surprised if contract negotiations pick up swiftly over the next couple of months now that he is showing positive signs of improvement. 

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