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Joe Montana and Jerry Rice are widely considered the best quarterback-wide receiver tandem in the history of the NFL. 

Ravens receiver Willie Snead is confident a similar situation is unfolding in Baltimore. 

In a recent interview, Snead said quarterback Lamar Jackson and receiver Marquise Brown have the potential to rank among the all-time greats. Those are lofty expectations for an offense that is built around the run game. 

“You can definitely compare them to Jerry Rice and Montana or some of the other crazy combinations, QB-receiver duos,” Snead told B/R Gridiron. “I think these two are going to set their own mark in history.”

While that might sound a bit ambitious, Jackson and Brown are poised for a huge season and given their steely-eyed determination, even wagerers at situs judi online are unlikely to bet against them.

Jackson is already the reigning NFL MVP after putting together one of the best years for any quarterback in the history of the league. He completed 265 of 401 passes for 3,127 yards and an NFL-high 36 touchdowns, which was also a franchise record. 

Jackson finished with 1,206 yards rushing — the most by a quarterback in NFL single-season history. He is the only quarterback in NFL history to produce at least 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season. 

What can he do for an encore?

Anything less than winning a Super Bowl would be a disappointment to him.

“In the NFL, the Super Bowl is the biggest thing, the biggest accomplishment to me, and that’s what I want,” he said. “I want to be able to lift my teammates to being the best in the world at that time. So, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Brown is also primed for a breakout season. He was never fully healthy last season after undergoing foot surgery and was still the Ravens top wide receiver with 46 receptions for 584 yards and seven touchdowns, which tied a franchise record for rookies.

“When he’s not involved, he’s making the offense better, because there’ll be two defenders guarding him sometimes,” Jackson said. “He’s so fast, and he runs great routes. And he’s not even 100 [percent] to his full potential, so he plays a big part in our offense. And we have to do a better job at getting him the ball.”

Right now, there’s no telling how much the restrictions with the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the NFL players, who have not been able to congregate or practice at team facilities because of gathering restrictions. However, several videos of Jackson and Brown working out in Florida have been posted on social media. 

Brown has also added some muscle to his 5-foot-9, 170-pound frame. He’s been able to have a full offseason of workouts for the first time in two years. 

Jackson has an exemplary work ethic. He does need to be more effective throwing to receivers outside the hash marks and being more accurate with deep passes. Jackson is entering his third year, so there could be a major jump in his overall ability to become even more at ease with the speed of the game and has more ability to read a defense. 

If some of the predictions are accurate, Jackson and Brown could emerge as the league’s most dynamic playmakers and change the Ravens’ recent disappointment in the postseason.  

 

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Todd Karpovich

About Todd Karpovich

Todd Karpovich has been a contributor for ESPN, the Associated Press, SportsXchange, the Baltimore Sun, among other media outlets nationwide. He is the co-author of “If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Baltimore Ravens Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box,” “Skipper Supreme: Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles,” and the author of “Manchester United (Europe's Best Soccer Clubs).” Karpovich lives in Towson with his wife, Jill, daughters, Wyeth and Marta, and a pair of dogs, Sarah and Rory. More from Todd Karpovich
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