‘Lamar Wants to Be Lamar’: Ravens QB Lamar Jackson Publicly Blasts Chris Simms After Receiving Criticism For Missing Voluntary OTAs

Published 05/28/2022, 6:20 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 09: Lamar Jackson of Louisville speaks at the press conference for the 2017 Heisman Trophy Presentation on December 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is the type of NFL QB who loves to answer his critics with action on and off the football field. The former league MVP responded to doubts surrounding his absence from the ongoing voluntary OTAs. On Friday, he took to social media to answer some of his critics who were making a lot of noise at his peril.

Among the few vocal critics of Jackson was Pro Football Talk’s analyst Chris Simms, who was heavily criticizing his absence from the OTAs. The analyst believes Jackson and his callousness are the opposite of Brady and the willingness shown by him early on in his NFL career. Simms states that Brady never skipped OTAs until he had won multiple Super Bowl championships.


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The Ravens QB, in response, took to Twitter, stating, “Lamar wants to be Lamar Chris…”

Jackson believes that Simms was blowing the situation out of proportion and will join the team when they need him most.

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The Simms statement appears to be on the premise of Jackson and his comments in the past. Jackson had talked about becoming the Tom Brady of this era. While the analyst might have gone a little over the edge, Jackson is among the better QBs in the NFL. The absence of Jackson from the OTAs was glaring due to his contract renewal situation with the franchise.


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The Ravens QB will be entering the final year of his rookie contract. The franchise and the player are yet to agree to a long-term extension.

While certain reports suggest this to be a major reason, Jackson aims to return of his own volition.

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 10: Lamar Jackson of the Louisville Cardinals reacts as he addresses the media after being named the 82nd Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner during the 2016 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

As the franchise QB, Jackson has been among the NFL players who had a rough NFL offseason. Apart from not signing his extension, Jackson lost his WR1 in Marquise Brown. But the Ravens fans will remain hopeful of a season of progression once again under the former league MVP.


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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.