“This is How He Won MVP”- Six-Time Pro Bowler on What Makes Lamar Jackson Special

Published 12/16/2020, 11:40 AM EST


Lamar Jackson was unstoppable against the Cleveland Browns during Monday Night Football. After going off the field with a bout of cramps, last season’s unanimous MVP guided the Ravens home to a thrilling 47-42 win against their division rivals. 

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Lamar’s performance made everybody take notice of the star, who many were starting to dismiss as a one-season bust. Rushing for 124 yards, including 2 touchdowns, Lamar was once again the talk of the town.

Among many that Lamar impressed was 6-time Pro Bowler, Brandon Marshall.

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Elusive and built to run

Lamar’s pocket presence and ball rushing capabilities have been well highlighted throughout his time in the NFL. And while the Ravens QB hasn’t been his usual self week in, week out this season, this night was when the world saw the MVP Lamar Jackson in full flow yet again. 

“I think he played amazing. I thought he was a magician in the pocket, elusive and athletic. He was the best player on the field,” said Marshall during a segment of FOX Sports’ First Things First. 

Oct 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) rolls out of the pocket against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

While no sane person would doubt Lamar’s ability to run the ball, his passing output has often come under the scanner. Marshall suggested that the reason for this is not Lamar but how the team around him is built.

“We know why he’s not throwing for 300 yards. Do we want to continue to ignore that conversation that this offense is just not built for a guy to throw the ball. (There’s) No chemistry and no continuity,” claimed the former wide out.

Shades of Lamar Jackson the unanimous MVP

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While Lamar missed the majority of the 4th quarter due to cramps, his Ravens side nearly gave up a 14-point lead. But, ultimately, he got back on the field and delivered when it mattered. 

“Did Lamar Jackson miss two big plays last night? Absolutely! But this guy was the best player on the field last night and this is retro ravens going back to last year… This is how he won the MVP,” said Marshall. 

With the Ravens now 8-5, a shot at the Playoffs is certainly up for grabs. For the Ravens, Lamar couldn’t have picked a better time to kick into overdrive.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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