Lamar Jackson's first start has exceeded expectations.
Despite playing a division rival in Cincinnati with the team around him struggling as of late, Jackson has thrown for 142 yards while rushing for 102 yards on 17 carries.
He becomes the first quarterback to hit the century mark on the ground since Colin Kaepernick ran for 113 yards against the Miami Dolphins in 2016.
Lamar Jackson is the first quarterback with 100 rushing yards in a game since Colin Kaepernick did so for the 49ers in Week 12 of 2016.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 18, 2018
Though Jackson was raw coming out of school at Louisville, he's showcased so many of the skills that made jaws drop and Heisman voters swoon, particularly on the ground.
He's made strides as a passer as well. Jackson has shown skill at evading pass rushers and extending plays.
THIS IS DA ELEMENT Lamar Jackson adds to da Ravens ♂️ avoids tackles in da pocket to extend play n find John Brown for catch ♂️pic.twitter.com/djkbxOy6C1— VERSACEBOYENT (@VersaceBoyEnt2) November 18, 2018
It hasn't been all rosy for Jackson, as he does have a rough interception on the ledger as well.
Any quarterback can look impressive for one start, so I wouldn't make reservations for the Super Bowl in Atlanta based off of Jackson's first start. However, there is certainly a lot to like from Jackson, who is laying the foundation for what should be a great career in Baltimore.