Nate Burleson: ‘Lamar Jackson will come back with a vengeance’

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The Baltimore Ravens have done plenty to surround quarterback Lamar Jackson with playmakers this offseason. It’s no surprise that some analysts believe the fourth-year quarterback will have a big impact in 2021.

On Monday, NFL analyst and former wide receiver Nate Burleson gave the Jackson-led Ravens praise and sees Jackson coming back with something to prove.

"“I think we forget just how good Lamar Jackson was when he was as dominant as he was. We’re talking about that unanimous MVP season, I want Lamar Jackson to get back to that. The Ravens dealt with a lot last year. They dealt with COVID-19. They didn’t give Lamar Jackson a chance to bounce back from what that COVID fog was and they still ended up doing their thing at the end of the season. I feel like Lamar Jackson is going to come back with a vengeance.”"

As if it wasn’t already obvious, Jackson is the best player on the team. In three seasons with Baltimore, Jackson has been proving the critics wrong.

Lamar Jackson could be in for a big season in 2021.

During those three regular seasons, Jackson has started 37 games leading the Ravens to a 30-7 record. He has a 64 percent completion percentage landing 606-of-947 passing attempts. Jackson has 68 touchdown passes and just two seasons ago led the league with 36.

What is more impressive about Jackson though is what he can do with his feet. Jackson surpassed Michael Vick for most rushing yards in a single season by a quarterback in 2019 with 1,206.

Jackson also became the first quarterback in NFL history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2019 and 2020.

In three regular seasons, Jackson has rushed for 2,906 yards on 482 attempts. He’s found the end zone 19 times with his legs.

His longest rushing touchdown came against the Washington Football Team in Week 4 of the 2020 season. Jackson found himself breaking the plain for a 50-yard rush.

Burleson is not the only analyst who sees the Ravens and Jackson showing out in 2021. NFL analyst Kay Adams sees the Ravens taking the next big step if all the pieces fit the puzzle.

“This team can run, they can play defense but in big moments in the playoffs, I really don’t think they had surrounded [Lamar Jackson] with enough talent,’ Adams said on Good Morning Football.

“They did so [this offseason] and I love the steps they took. If it all comes together, I do think we could see these Ravens in the Super Bowl.”

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The Ravens will only go as far as its quarterback takes them. A Lamar Jackson 2021 vengeance tour sounds like a recipe for success this coming season.