The Professional Bowl principally means nothing. It’s the NFL’s model of the All-Star Sport, and it was performed Sunday in Orlando.
But it surely might need served a little bit of a function for Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Ravens ended their season with a surprising 28-12 loss to Tennessee at residence earlier this month when Baltimore was prime seed within the American Soccer Convention.
Jackson piled up the yards in that sport, throwing for 365 and operating for 143 extra. However he dedicated three turnovers that helped the Titans take cost in that sport and shock the Ravens.
The frustration was etched into Jackson’s face when he walked into the media room that night time. It was simple to see and listen to.
“We had, I had, lots of errors…three turnovers, that shouldn’t occur,” Jackson mentioned quietly.
However the Professional Bowl gave Jackson an opportunity for another sport earlier than the low season, and he made probably the most of it. He was picked because the Offensive Most Precious Participant after a powerful efficiency the place the second-year quarterback accomplished 16 of 23 passes for 185 yards plus two touchdowns. Jackson did get picked off as soon as however the AFC scored a 38-33 victory.
“Total, I had enjoyable,” Jackson advised the staff’s website online. “I met a fantastic group of fellows…it was my first [Pro Bowl]. I’m going to cherish it perpetually.”
His favourite goal, tight finish Mark Andrews, additionally had a giant day. He set a Professional Bowl document for tight ends with 9 catches for 73 yards and a landing.
However Jackson actually clearly loved the day, one thing that was simple to see in his post-game interview with the staff’s web site.
“It was identical to a whirlwind,” he mentioned. “It looks like slightly child in a sweet retailer. I simply wished to see every little thing. I had enjoyable.”
The success and delight Jackson gained on the Professional Bowl is not going to erase the bitter style left by the loss to Tennessee and what might need been for the quarterback and the Ravens this season. There’s no method that may occur. The Ravens wished the Tremendous Bowl this season; Jackson was arguably the league’s prime participant however he and his staff can be watching the Kansas Metropolis-San Francisco Tremendous Bowl battle from residence.
And that can harm for some time.
Nonetheless, taking part in so properly within the Professional Bowl ought to assist Jackson a bit. Though there’s not a lot that means within the sport, it’s the league’s prime gamers going towards one another, and Jackson received the Offensive MVP honor. Now, as Jackson mentioned after the Tennessee loss, it’s time to concentrate on the 2020 season, however at the very least the ending to 2019 received’t be fairly as dangerous.
The Ravens are nonetheless going to be one of many league’s prime groups in 2020. Some assist at go rush and with linebackers plus the continued growth of Jackson’s throwing expertise may make them much more harmful. This staff desires success within the Tremendous Bowl, not the Professional Bowl, and that’s what Jackson can be specializing in going ahead.