VIDEO: Lamar Jackson Tries His Hand at Playing as Defensive Back and Wide Receiver

Published 07/12/2021, 11:26 AM EDT
Oct 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) gives a thumbs up to Ravens fans as he runs off the field after win against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports


For Lamar Jackson, 2021 promises to be a big season. With a new contract underworks the quarterback seems to have done enough to cement his place as the Baltimore Ravens’ QB for the next few years. 

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Often criticized for his passing game, the QB has been working hard to ensure that he can silence his doubters. But it seems Lamar Jackson has other avenues of his game that he wishes to explore further.

In a recent social media video, Lamar Jackson was spotted at a basketball court taking on fans as a wide receiver and a defensive back. And it’s safe to say that he knows a thing or two about the positions.

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As a defensive back, Lamar Jackson had the player trying to attempt the route locked up. Giving him no room to operate, the QB showed he’s got the legs to stop wide receivers. 

Lamar Jackson’s talent not limited to QB position 

Apart from his defensive attributes, Lamar Jackson seems like a pretty good route runner himself. In another video, Jackson smoked the opposing defender with his trademark stutter step to get some space and complete the catch.

 

This of course is all fun and games. One shouldn’t expect Lamar Jackson to switch positions anytime soon. And why should he? As the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, Jackson won the 2019 MVP Award. 

In Mike Vrabel’s run-heavy offense, Jackson fits right in. Given his dual-threat nature of play, the quarterback is a menace in the air and on the ground. 

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His recent antics though could draw him some flak. Picking up an injury right before signing his imminent bumper new contract would make a lot of people unhappy. Including Jackson himself. 

Nov 1, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) celebrates after a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitchell Layton-USA TODAY Sports

Without gear, playing on an asphalt basketball court, a lot could’ve gone wrong for Lamar Jackson. But thankfully for him, he came out unscathed. 

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With Jackson steering the ship, do you think the Baltimore Ravens can make a Super Bowl run in the coming few seasons? Let us know in the comments below. 

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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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