Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson had a debut to remember this past weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals. And he will not be handing over the starting role at the moment.
Heading into a Week 12 game against the Oakland Raiders, veteran quarterback Joe Flacco is still not practicing due to a lingering hip injury. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said it will be tough for Flacco to play this weekend, which puts Jackson in line for his second career start.
The hope in Baltimore was that Flacco would be able to heal up during their Week 10 bye and be ready to return against the Bengals. Now, with his hip issues holding him out of practice on Wednesday, Harbaugh wasn't too optimistic about his chances to play on Sunday.
In his debut, Jackson utilized his feet more than his arm. The rookie rushed for 117 yards on 27 carries, which is the most rushing yards for a quarterback in their first start since Randall Cunningham. Jackson posted a 67.1 completion percentage while throwing for 150 yards.
Lamar Jackson has surpassed Randall Cunningham for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in his first start in the Super Bowl era. pic.twitter.com/EjFTFDW7EV— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) November 18, 2018
Jackson has an ideal matchup against a Raiders defense that has been unable to get to the quarterback all season, accumulating just nine sacks through 10 games. Oakland has also allowed the second-most rushing yards per game this season (142.3), which Jackson will look to take advantage of.
Sunday presents a favorable challenge for Jackson, as he looks to seize the opportunity in his second career start.