Palmer: I Hate Seeing The Hits On Lamar Jackson

Jackson led the Ravens to the playoffs, but Carson Palmer questions how long he will last in the NFL

Taz and the Moose
January 04, 2019 - 10:48 am

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Since becoming Baltimore’s starting quarterback, Lamar Jackson has rushed 119 times in seven games. Thats an average of 17 rushes per game, which would put him on pace for 272 carries over a 16-game season.

Only one running back in the NFL, Ezekiel Elliott, had more carries (304) than that in 2018.

That is a problem.

“I love watching Baltimore play. They are just salty on defense, and they are physical up front. But I hate seeing a quarterback get hit like that,” former Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Palmer said in studio on Taz & The Moose. “He’s not a big guy. Just knowing the NFL, you’ve got to be able to win the game in the pocket. Not every game. You don’t have to win 16 weeks in a row in the pocket, but when it comes down to it, especially this time of year, you’ve got to be able to stay in the pocket. Until he proves that he can win a game in the pocket, there’s going to be questions. But he takes a lot of hits.”

Baltimore has won six of seven games since turning to Jackson. The only loss? At Kansas City in overtime.

Still, one must wonder how long Jackson, who turns 22 on Monday, can last at this pace. 

“Those things add up,” Palmer said of the hits. “He’s only 22 years old, and once you get to 25 and you’ve got three years or four years of those hits 16 weeks in a row, it’s just tough to hold up. If he continues to take the punishment he’s been taking this year, you’ll slowly see him miss two or three weeks in a row in late October and then another game or two in November. Consistency is hard. It’s hard to sustain that consistency when you’re continuously getting hit, landed on, knocked out of bounds, and taken out by linebackers when you’re only 210 pounds.”

The Ravens (10-6) host the Chargers (12-4) in the Wild Card this Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Baltimore beat Los Angeles, 22-10, on the road in Week 16.