Is There a Lamar Jackson Comparison? by Brandon Portney

Street Talk Is There a Lamar Jackson Comparison?

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Who does Lamar Jackson compare to and why is this offense’s style of play unsustainable?

So we’ve officially reached the midpoint of the 2019 NFL season. Browns fans, Bengals fans, Dolphins fans, Jets fans, and Washington fans have already committed to putting up Christmas decorations way too early.

I keep hearing the same question.

Who does Lamar Jackson compare to? 

In Year 2, his first full season as the starter, in an offense built around him, he is redefining the position. His haters are constantly calling him a running back and his playing style unsustainable. 

I don’t think the league has ever seen a player like him and I don’t think they will see another one like him for awhile.

The Ravens are shocking the league with him under center.

Let’s take a closer look…

Through his first eight starts of the 2019 season Jackson has a completion percentage of 64.3, 1813 passing yards, 12 passing touchdowns, and five interceptions. I will take that for a running back!

He’s also added 636 yards on the ground and five touchdowns on 99 attempts.

You can bring up Michael Vick, or any other dual-threat QB , but there’s no one you can compare Jackson to this many games into their career. No one!

Which brings me to my next question for all the know-it-all national analysts out there: How do you know his play isn’t sustainable?

Jackson is averaging just below 13 carries per game and making NFL defenses look like they are playing on ice skates. He’s fast, elusive, and seems to avoid big hits from what I can see. If there’s any complaint, it’s that people with health issues should consult their doctors before watching him play.

And can we talk about leadership? Listen to the coaches and teammates when they talk about him because you can tell he’s taken over this team. If you have any doubts, just take a look at the clips below.

Let the haters and know-it-alls worry about “sustainability.” We Ravens fans need to just enjoy the Lamar Jackson era.

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Michael Hickey

About Michael Hickey

Born and raised in Maryland, Mike immediately became a Ravens fan when it was announced they were coming to Baltimore. Look for him to keep you up to date with excitement and concerns surrounding the team all year round. Warning: His glass can go from half full to half empty at any given moment. More from Michael Hickey
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