Lamar Jackson Will "Be Fine For The Next Decade"

Don't think Jackson's style of play is sustainable long-term? Terez Paylor explains why that mindset is flawed

Reiter Than You
December 17, 2019 - 6:59 am
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As Lamar Jackson pursues his first NFL MVP award in the midst of a historic season, the critics are already forming the yeah-but narrative: that Jackson’s style of play – he has 159 carries this year – is unsustainable long-term.

Are the critics right? 

Terez Paylor says no.

“I think he’s going to get better as a passer,” the Yahoo Sports NFL writer said on Reiter Than You. “I think people just want to put the runner label on him, but they don’t actually watch the tape.”

Yes, Jackson has run for 1,103 yards and seven touchdowns, but he’s also completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 2,889 yards, 33 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has been virtually unstoppable this season.

“He’s somebody who sees the field,” Paylor said. “He sees it all. The issues for him have been cleaning up his mechanics and becoming more accurate, and he’s been able to do that. The Ravens have done a sensational job calling pass concepts – and this is on Greg Roman, kudos to him, and James Urban, the quarterbacks coach. They do a sensational job calling pass concepts that he’s comfortable with: throwing to tight ends, stuff in the middle of the field, stuff that stays between the numbers, play-action – all this stuff he was good at at Louisville, and he’s good at now.

“So yeah, there will come a point where I’m sure he’ll run a little bit less as he gets even more comfortable as a thrower,” Paylor continued, “but more and more, you’re seeing athletic quarterbacks thrive in college. You can find these guys if you run the system the Ravens have. There will be no excuse for the Ravens to not have quality athletic backups for the future in Lamar.”

Jackson’s current backup, of course, is RG3.

“Remember: you just need to get to the playoffs with him healthy,” Paylor said of Jackson. “He doesn’t have to play 16 games necessarily. So I think between those two things, he’ll be fine for the next decade.”

The Ravens (12-2), who have won 10 straight games, play the Browns (6-8) in Cleveland this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.