The Best (and Worst) Receivers for Lamar Jackson
Let’s take a look at some of the players Lamar Jackson has to throw the football:
Lamar Jackson has been a great running quarterback and is developing into a better passer each week. He’s had struggles with ball placement, but some of our tougher receivers have been able to help him out. Which receivers have got in sync with Lamar and which seem to be on their way out?
Ty Montgomery: Safety Blanket
Ty Montgomery is beginning to be Lamar’s safety blanket and might be a cheap option for a checkdown running back. He has the most targets, 13, out of running backs and tight ends. Ty is better suited for the Lamar Jackson offense than Buck Allen is because of his ability to draw defenders on option plays and has a bit of speed, resulting in broken tackles, averaging one per game with the Ravens.
A checkdown back to Lamar is like a tight end to Flacco. Lamar is at his best when he’s drawing the defense in and can give a quick pass to athletic players for a modest gain. Although Lamar has flashed the ability to fit the ball into space, he hasn’t been able to place the ball well consistently and frequently will extend the play outside of the pocket. This is where Ty can shine. He’s learned how to get open after his routes, although he could get better.
An underrated aspect of Ty’s game has been his ability to create creases for Lamar. He forces players to either stay on him and potentially let Lamar run or leave him open for a pass. Like I mentioned above, Ty does this in the run game too, drawing defenders away and opening up running lanes.
One of Lamar’s best traits is sending a wave of indecisiveness among opposing defenses and Ty hammers that home. He’s smart, fast, and aware of positioning on the field. His price tag will be low, given his issues with the Packers, but the Ravens would be smart to sign a minor weapon at a cheap rate.