Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has exceeded many expectations over the course of his first three seasons in the NFL.
Players, fans, and analysts from around the league see the progress Jackson has made on the field. Which is why it is no surprise that he is considered to be on a historical pace to receive the league’s highest honor.
On Wednesday, former NFL quarterback Chris Simms ranked the top-40 quarterbacks in the NFL on his podcast, Chris Simms Unbuttoned. Jackson came in at No. 6 on the list. It wasn’t where Jackson was ranked that was the most surprising.
Simms believes Jackson is setting himself up to be enshrined in Canton, OH.
Lamar Jackson could be on a Hall of Fame path.
“He’s on a Hall of Fame arc,” Simms said. “And yeah, the expectations were extremely high.”
While Jackson still has a lot of football left to play, it’s hard to argue with Simms after seeing the trajectory the former NFL MVP is on.
In three seasons with the Ravens, Jackson led the team to a 30-7 record as the starting quarterback. Baltimore was on a downward spiral before Jackson took over the reins. Jackson gave the team life and made the Ravens a serious contender again.
One thing Jackson is often criticized for is his passing ability. Contrary to popular belief, Simms knows Jackson has improved as a passer.
“The stats won’t say it, Lamar Jackson improved as a pocket passer last year,” Simms said. “Every time I go back and watch it, the more and more confident I feel about that. He was better.”
Jackson’s passing stats in 2020 are down from what they were in 2019, but he now has more weapons around him.
While it remains to be seen if Jackson will find himself in the Hall of Fame, he certainly is making a case as one of the elite playmakers in the league.
If Jackson continues to dominate the gridiron, he could very well find a bronze bust in Canton alongside Ravens greats Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Jonathan Ogden.