Lamar Jackson has been playing at a high level all season long, but he truly is playing at an MVP caliber level this season, and it’s historically good.
“Lamar Jackson will never be able to sustain his style of play.” “Lamar Jackson should translate to wide receiver if he wants to succeed at the next level.” “Lamar Jackson just can’t throw the football.”
These are the things people said about Lamar Jackson, not just during his predraft process for the 2018 NFL Draft but to this day. It hasn’t aged well and it has only made people look stupider and stupider.
Lamar Jackson’s play in college was “too cute” for the NFL, but now it’s proving to be too much for the league to handle. Jackson is revolutionizing the NFL with his legs and arm and proving to be everything that his critics said he wasn’t.
He’s an NFL caliber quarterback, he’s good enough to win games by himself, and most importantly he is the front-runner for the NFL’s league MVP award.
Yes, the race has been tight between Jackson, Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson and others. However, what Jackson has done, unlike the others, is historic. Currently, “Action” Jackson is on pace to be the first quarterback ever to run for over 1,000-yards and pass for over 3000-yards. Those are video game numbers that not even the ultimate Madden player, Michael Vick, ever accomplished in his career.
Lamar Jackson is a human highlight reel. All he does is make play-after-play that leaves you speechless with your jaw on the floor. He’s elevating the talent around him and making the Baltimore Ravens offense a unit the likes the franchise has never seen. Jackson has completely changed the face and identity of the Ravens. That’s what an MVP does.
Of course, everything around Jackson is perfect, too. His offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, should be in consideration for assistant coach of the year. The weapons at Jackson’s disposal are top-notch, as tight end Mark Andrews and running back Mark Ingram are Pro Bowl-caliber players. Marquise Brown is no slouch himself.
With such a good core of offensive playmakers, anyone could succeed, but few could do what Lamar Jackson is doing.
The 2019 NFL MVP race is one to watch closely. There are so many candidates deserving of the award. But, none are playing at the level that Lamar Jackson is at, and that’s why he should be running away from the competition for the award (pun intended).