Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has some advice for Lamar Jackson
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson took the NFL world by storm during his rookie campaign in 2018, as he stepped in for an injured Joe Flacco, took his starting job and led the Ravens to an AFC North division title in the process.
Jackson’s play style is very unique, as it is almost like having to deal with another running back in the backfield if you are an opposing defense.
But while Jackson is an explosive athlete and running the football is a crucial part of his game, Green Bay Packers signal-caller Aaron Rodgers feels he needs to be a bit more careful in order to prolong his career.
After a preseason meeting between the Packers and Ravens on Thursday night, Rodgers and Jackson shared a moment at midfield after the game, and the 35-year-old had some advice for the youngster.
“I love watching you play, man. That was pretty spectacular,” Rodgers said, via The Checkdown. “Have a great season. Slide a little bit.”
Jackson smiled and said “I gotchu, baby” in response to Rodgers.
Essentially, Rodgers is telling Jackson to avoid as many hits as possible, which is certainly good advice.
Jackson played in all 16 games and made seven starts under center this past season, throwing for 1,201 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions while completing 58.2 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 84.5. He also rushed for 695 yards and five scores.
While gaining as much yardage on the ground as possible is a huge piece of what Jackson does, it would certainly behoove him to slide a bit more and potentially tack on a couple of years on to his career in the process.