Willie Snead thinks Ravens' loss to Bills can be 'wake-up call' for Lamar Jackson
Snead believes Ravens' loss of Bills may be a wake-up call for Lamar, who originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
A week after his first playoff win as a starter, the playoff fights of previous seasons returned for Raven's quarterback Lamar Jackson in Baltimore's 17-3 loss to Buffalo. The defeat meant a devastating playoff loss for Jackson and the Ravens for a third straight year.
Despite a disappointing foray by Jackson, wide receiver Willie Snead believes the 2019 MVP can learn a lot from the game.
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"I think this game will be a wake-up call for him, hopefully this off-season," said Snead. "So we'll see what he does next year."
Snead also said he believes Jackson - who just turned 24 earlier this month - will use that loss as a motivation to return next season as an even more elite quarterback than he already is.
"I just think he's going to look back on the whole season - not just this game, the whole season - and he's going to make the adjustments he needs to make to be an elite quarterback; an even more elite quarterback." said Snead.
"He's an elite runner, an elite passerby, but there are steps he can take, better steps he can take, and he knows it."
Jackson's 2020 season didn't repeat his MVP from a year earlier, but the quarterback still led the Ravens to an 11-5 record. The former Louisville star ended the regular season with 26 touchdowns and just nine interceptions while racing over 1,000 yards for the second straight year - something no quarterback has done.
However, on Saturday night, Jackson struggled. The quarterback completed 14 of 24 passes for 162 yards with no touchdowns and could only muster 34 rushing yards.
In the third quarter, when the Ravens left just one touchdown, Jackson threw a groundbreaking 101-yard pick-six to extend Buffalo's lead to 14. On the next Ravens ride, Jackson would have a concussion that would boggle him for the rest of the game.
"It's just a bad moment," said Snead of Jackson's injury. "Just the competitor he is, I know he wants to be out there to end the game with us and give us a chance to come back."
Though the injury ended Jackson's season prematurely, the quarterback certainly won't be thrilled with what he recorded on tape in the first three quarters.
Snead believes Jackson will return even more motivated next season. There is another dimension that the Raven Star can reach.
"That's the competitor in him who wants to get better every off-season, to fix the little things that make his game better and keep getting better as a passerby," said Snead. "I think if he gets into that part of his game and really reaches his full potential in this area, then the sky's the limit for Lamar, man. It's only a matter of time."
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