The Ravens accomplished two of their biggest goals of the offseason in the month of April by re-signing Lamar Jackson to a long-term deal and adding pass-catching weapons around him.
Baltimore signed wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to a one-year deal worth up to $18 million ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft. Then, with their first-round pick, the Ravens selected Boston College wide-out Zay Flowers to complement Beckham.
Those two aren't the only receiver moves that the Ravens made during the 2023 NFL offseason. They also signed veteran Nelson Agholor to a contract and will get 2021 first-round pick Rashod Bateman back from a season-ending foot injury.
So, the Ravens have overhauled their receiving corps to make life easier for Jackson. And the veteran quarterback believes he will be able to take advantage of the changes made to that unit during the offseason.
On Thursday, Jackson expressed confidence in the Ravens' receiving corps. He did so by mentioning a lofty goal that he could target with the likes of Beckham, Flowers and Agholor in tow.
"I want to throw for like 6,000 yards with the weapons we have," Jackson said with a laugh, per ESPN. "I'm not an individual award-type guy or a stat watcher. I just want to do that because no one has ever done it and I feel like we have the weapons to do it."
Of course, no quarterback in NFL history has ever reached the 6,000-yard plateau, so Jackson's comments may have been in jest. After all, his career-high in passing yards is just 3,127.
Still, Jackson's remark demonstrates that he is both happy with the Ravens' roster moves and evidently confident that he will be a good fit in new offensive coordinator Todd Monken's offense.
Lamar Jackson stats
As mentioned, Jackson's career-high in passing yards is just 3,127. He achieved that during his MVP season in 2019, during which he also threw for 36 touchdowns and just six interceptions. Since then, Jackson has failed to exceed 2,882 over three seasons.
That said, part of the reason for Jackson's lower-end passing numbers is his scrambling ability. Jackson is one of the best running quarterbacks in the NFL and has twice eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the ground.
Below is a look at his career starts since the Ravens selected him with the final pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
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So, 6,000 passing yards may not be in the cards for Jackson given his career statistics. But eclipsing the 4,000-yard mark certainly should be given the upgrades that the Ravens have made around him.
Most passing yards in an NFL season
That said, if Jackson really is eyeing a lofty goal with his new weapons in tow, he could try to target the NFL's single-season passing yards record, or at least try to become a member of the 5,000-yard club.
Peyton Manning is the NFL's single-season passing yards leader, having set the record in 2013 with Broncos. He recorded 5,477 yards during that campaign in Denver, one more than Drew Brees was able to log in 2011.
Below is a look at the top 10 passing yards totals in NFL history, all of which have occurred since 2011.
If Jackson wants to take aim at Manning's record, he will have the luxury of doing so in a 17-game season. Brady (2021) and Mahomes (2022) are the only quarterbacks among the top 10 to have achieved their marks since the NFL moved to a 17-game regular season.