Lamer Jackson, Baltimore Ravens


Braden Tyer, Sports

The name Lamar Jackson may sound familiar to you, and if it doesn’t you’re in for a treat. Lamar Jackson played quarterback for Boynton Beach High School in Boynton Beach, Florida. Coming out of high school Jackson wasn’t that highly recruited as he was considered a three-star recruit in 247Sports’ composite rankings. Jackson gained attention in the middle of his sophomore season when he later became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy (best college football player award). Jackson gained popularity for his highlight-reel plays he made with both his arm and his legs, as well as his ability to make defenders miss open-field tackles. Jackson was being compared to Michael Vick mainly because of his mobility, speed, and his ability to scramble with his legs. Jackson finished 3rd in the voting for the Heisman the following season. Jackson then decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. However, critics were saying that Jackson couldn’t become a successful quarterback in the NFL because of his style of play and that whatever team selected him would have to transform their offense around Jackson.

 The Baltimore Ravens traded up to pick number 32 in the 2018 NFL draft (the last pick in the first round) and selected Lamar Jackson. Jackson didn’t start right away for Baltimore because they had veteran quarterback Joe Flacco still holding the reigns at quarterback.  However, Jackson got the start at quarterback in week 10 against the Bengals, because Flacco was dealing with a back injury. In his first NFL start, Jackson went 13/19 with 150 yards passing to go along with his 26 carries for 126 yards. Throughout the rest of the season, Jackson wasn’t very accurate passing. Jackson only had one game in which he threw for over two hundred yards. The Ravens made it to the Wild Card Game against the Chargers, but that’s as far as they got in the playoffs as the Chargers defeated the Ravens 23-17. Coming into this season, fans were wanting to know if Jackson could pass the ball more accurately. Jackson let everyone know that he could pass the ball consistently as he went 17/20 with 324 yards passing and 5 touchdowns. So far this season Jackson is 168/255 with 2,036 pards passing and 15 touchdowns. Now rushing, Jackson has 702 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground. Jackson is a surefire candidate for the MVP award this season. If you haven’t watched a Ravens game this year, I would highly recommend it.