“To Simulate Lamar Jackson’s Speed, You’d Need an Olympic Sprinter” – Jaguars Head Coach All Praise for Ravens QB

Published 12/17/2020, 5:27 AM EST
Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs the ball past Cleveland Browns strong safety Karl Joseph (42) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports


Lamar Jackson has redefined the position of quarterback. In the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens QB’s ability to rush the ball is unrivaled. The effectiveness of Jackson’s running game was on full display against the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football.

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Rushing for 124 yards, which includes 2 touchdowns, his numbers look too good to be true for a QB. Even Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coach Doug Marrone admitted that it’s difficult for anyone to match Lamar in a foot race. 

Lamar Jackson – fastest QB in the league 

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Head coach Marrone spoke to ProFootballTalk, ahead of their game against the Ravens. He said that only an Olympic sprinter would be able to go toe-to-toe with Lamar for pace. 

“In order to simulate him (Lamar Jackson), you’d have to go out there and get, truly, an Olympic sprinter,” Marrone said. “I think everyone has a difficult time doing that. We’ll take a good look at that and get someone doing that with a little bit more speed at times when we need to do that.”

Jackson’s performance against the Browns didn’t go unnoticed as he picked up the AFC offensive player of the week award. 

Lamar Jackson currently has 793 rushing yards to his name this season. The highest among all quarterbacks in the league. He’s also the only QB with two 100+ rushing yard games this season.  

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Lamar Jackson has a fabulous throwing arm

One aspect of Lamar’s game that is often overlooked is his passing. The QB has racked up over 2,200+ yards in the 12 games he’s started this season. Apart from the 6 rushing touchdowns he’s recorded, he has also thrown 18 touchdowns. 

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“He’s got a good arm and he can throw,” Marrone said. “But the speed of him on the field — he always looks like the fastest guy on the field, and that’s a credit to him. A three or four-yard gain turns into a 16-yard gain the other day.”

Oct 11, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws during the second half Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar will hope to carry forward his good form in the game against the Jaguars, who have struggled to contain quality ground offenses. A case in point being their recent loss against the Derrick Henry-led Titans offense.

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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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