Has Jackson heard the discuss that the NFL will catch as much as him this season?
Final week, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that individuals across the league have instructed him: “This is perhaps the yr that everyone figures out Lamar Jackson.”
“We will see,” Jackson mentioned. “However I doubt it, although. I strongly doubt it.”
In 2019, Jackson grew to become the youngest quarterback to win NFL MVP, main the league in landing passes (36) and setting a report for many speeding yards by a quarterback (1,206). Jackson’s numbers dipped final season, however he nonetheless ranked seventh in Complete QBR (73.5) and completed ninth within the league in speeding (1,005).
This yr, Jackson missed the primary 10 days of coaching camp after testing constructive for COVID-19. However coaches and teammates have raved about how sharp Jackson has been this summer time.
“Lamar is slinging the rock like he did not have these 10 days off due to COVID,” tight finish Mark Andrews mentioned final week. “He is extra centered than he is ever been.”
Jackson’s greatest problem is constructing chemistry together with his targets. On Tuesday, solely half of Baltimore’s 12 extensive receivers on the roster suited up for follow.
Marquise Brown (hamstring), Sammy Watkins (undisclosed), Rashod Bateman (groin), Miles Boykin (hamstring), James Proche (again) and Deon Cain (undisclosed) are all sidelined with accidents. 4 of the six extensive receivers catching passes from Jackson had been undrafted.
However Jackson believes the passing recreation will get on monitor earlier than the Sept. 13 season opener in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders as a result of he labored with lots of the receivers in offseason exercises in Florida and Arizona.
“When they’re again, we’ll be hitting proper the place we began off at,” Jackson mentioned. “We ain’t frightened about it as a result of they have been working exhausting and we have been working exhausting as effectively.”