Not surprisingly, longtime veteran Joe Flacco is currently slated as the starting quarterback. But he’ll also be pushed by free agent signing Robert Griffin III and first-round pick Lamar Jackson.
That said, let’s discuss how the Raven’s QB situation will work out in 2018, and if we can expect to see either Griffin III or Jackson in a starting role at any point.
Jackson Drafted as Baltimore’s Quarterback of the Future
Baltimore was obviously high on Jackson, because they traded up in the draft to select him. Flacco was unhappy about the move, because he likely sees himself as the starting QB for years to come. But his recent play hasn’t provided much to get excited about.
Head coach John Harbaugh has already stated that Jackson will be taking regular season snaps. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg noted that the Louisville product is “way ahead of the curve.”
Considering Jackson’s pedigree, it’s no wonder why there are high hopes for his future as a Raven. The main question, though, is whether this future will take off sooner than later.
Flacco has been pretty average over the past couple of seasons, which is likely why Baltimore felt they needed a QB of the future. But if Flacco can experience a career resurgence, then maybe Jackson will be holding the clipboard longer than expected.
Griffin Looking for Career Redemption
Griffin IIII is another interesting story at quarterback for Baltimore. Drafted No. 2 overall out of Baylor in 2012, Griffin took the league by storm during his rookie season in Washington. He led the Redskins to the playoffs and nearly won his first postseason game too.
Griffin has never been the same since from a physical or mental perspective. But he still has the talent to reclaim what he lost early on.
Whether that will come to fruition or not remains to be seen. RGIII hasn’t played an the NFL snap since 2016, when he opened the season as the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback.
The fact that Baltimore was willing to take a chance on him shows that some still believe in Griffin’s talents. But as it looks right now, he’s the darkhorse candidate to eventually emerge as Baltimore’s starter.
He’ll open the preseason No. 2 on the depth chart. But he’ll really have to show something to supplant Flacco as a starter and remain ahead of the younger and more promising Jackson.
What to Expect from Baltimore as a Team in 2018
The Baltimore Ravens had a heartbreaking end to last year’s season. They took the lead in a must-win game with just 30 seconds left to play. But their rival, the Cincinnati Bengals, would come storming back down the field and score to win the contest.
This eliminated Baltimore from the playoff picture, which is always disappointing for a 9-7 team. One has to wonder if they’d earned a playoff spot made a deep run, would Baltimore would still be concerned with a QB for the future?
As it looks right now, the Ravens field another competitive team with a strong defense and solid offensive options. Pittsburgh is once again expected to finish first in the AFC North.
But Baltimore looks to be a threat in the division. And even if they can’t wrestle the North crown away from the Steelers, they at least have a shot at a Wild Card berth.
If none of this comes to pass, though, don’t be surprised to see Jackson taking some snaps during the regular season and getting more playing time in the late fall.
Baltimore Ravens 2018 Odds of Winning the AFC North
Here are the Ravens’ odds of winning their division, courtesy of GTBets:
- Pittsburgh -280
- Baltimore +450
- Cincinnati +1000
- Cleveland +1000
The Ravens’ odds of winning the AFC Championship sit at +1800, while their odds of winning the Superbowl are currently +3500.