With Lamar Jackson Ruled Out of Week 11; His Replacement Might be Better than Him

Published 11/21/2021, 3:29 PM EST
Ravens quarterbacks Lamar Jackson, right, and Tyler Huntley walk to the locker room after practice at training camp on August 11, 2021.


The Baltimore Ravens made a hot start to their 2021 NFL season, winning five straight games. Unfortunately, it appears that the Lamar Jackson-led side has plummeted down a cliff since their apex. They have only won once in their last three matches, and their overall record is 6-3.

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If the adage “When it rains, it pours” required an illustration, the Ravens’ current state will suffice. They appear to be in even more difficulty now that it has been reported that Lamar Jackson will miss the game versus the Bears. But a certain fact paints a very different picture.

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ICYMI: Lamar Jackson is set to miss Chicago Bears clash

This week, Lamar Jackson was unable to practise due to a non-COVID illness. There have been reports that he is infected with a virus that is not COVID, but it appears that the situation has escalated. With the same injury, he was relegated to questionable on Saturday. Despite that, Jackson travelled to Chicago with the team and tried to be prepared but he was eventually overwhelmed.

Ian Rapoport, a trusted NFL insider, was the first to report the news on Twitter. “Lamar Jackson is dealing with a virus so bad that he’s simply not himself. He flew to Chicago and tried to stay hydrated. But it was too much. He’s out,” he tweeted.

Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Tyler Huntley once overcame Lamar to win a district title

Tyler Huntley, like Jackson, grew up in Broward County. Back when they started, the former defeated Baltimore’s starting quarterback to win the district championship. Huntley’s Hallendale High beat Jackson’s Boynton Beach 38-36 in a game played 42 miles apart in October 2014.

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With 30 seconds left, Jackson placed Boynton Beach in a position to win by throwing his third touchdown of the game, putting them up 36-35. Huntley, on the other hand, drove Hallendale down the field to come in position for the game-winning field goal.

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While Tyler Huntley lacks game experience, the above fact shows that he has the pedigree inside him to be an apt replacement of the Ravens superstar. Good luck Huntley!

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is an NFL and Football writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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