Ravens: Lamar Jackson one of the ‘most trolled’ players in the NFL

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Ravens, Lamar Jackson Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports /

Lamar Jackson has encountered his fair share of criticism and verbal abuse during his time with the Baltimore Ravens. Few players have been the target as many false narratives as the former league MVP.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise to hear that he recently ranked among the NFL’s “most trolled” players on Instagram.

The Action Network did some research to determine who the “most trolled” NFL players on Instagram were using data collected from May 2020 to May 2021.

They calculated the total number of posts for each player and then used a social tool called “Linkfluence” to identify how many of the posts made were negative.

And when the dust settled, they came away with their list of the most hated and criticized NFL players on all of Instagram.

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson continues to prove his doubters wrong.

Jackson didn’t make the initial top-10 list that was headlined by the likes of Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Donald, and Drew Brees. However, he wasn’t too far behind.

The 24-year-old had a total of 363,621 posts made about him over the 12-month period. And it was determined that a whopping 10.8 percent of those posts were negative in nature.

That percentage was the 15th highest, ahead of players like Tyreek Hill, Cam Newton, Jalen Ramsey, and Aaron Rodgers.

Is any of this a surprise? Not at all.

Not only is Lamar Jackson one of the most high-profile players in the NFL, but his play on the field has proven to be controversial to some.

False narratives have followed Jackson throughout his entire career and it isn’t surprising to see those false narratives get turned into online insults with no basis.

Such is life as a superstar in the NFL. And such is life on social media.

Jackson will look to continue proving his doubters wrong in 2021 as he attempts to return to his MVP form from two years ago. This year, he’ll have a little more help too.

The Ravens bolstered the offensive line in the offseason adding the likes of Kevin Zeitler, Alejandro Villanueva, and Ben Cleveland to offset the loss of Orlando Brown Jr.

The wide receiver room received a makeover as well with Sammy Watkins, Rashod Bateman, and Tylan Wallace all joining the fray.

Lamar Jackson may be one of the most hated, criticized, and trolled players in the NFL. But that’s what happens when you’re a superstar.

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It’s more a badge of honor than anything else.