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Patriots coach Bill Belichick says Lamar Jackson is ‘a problem’

Bill Belichick, Lamar Jackson, Ravens, Patriots

The New England Patriots are 8-0, but they are about to face their toughest test of the season yet when they head on the road to take on Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is loving what he is seeing from Jackson thus far, so long as the second-year quarterback doesn’t do his thing against Belichick’s own team.

“[H]e’s very fast and he’s definitely a hard guy to handle,” Belichick told reporters on Monday, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “That’s definitely a problem. He’s fast and that’s really a big problem. A lot of times he just outruns people. I mean, he’s got good moves, too. … [A] lot of times he just outruns people with his speed.”

On the season, Jackson has thrown for 1,650 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 63.3 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 94.1, but what makes Jackson so dangerous is his ability to take off and run, as he has racked up 576 yards and three touchdowns on the ground while averaging an NFL-best 6.9 yards per carry thus far.

“Catching him is an issue, especially when he keeps the ball,” added Belichick. “A lot of times he’s running against a defensive end and the ends just aren’t fast enough. They have him but they don’t have him. He’s a problem. He’s definitely a problem.”

Well, New England has the fourth-ranked run defense in the league, so the Pats are better-equipped to deal with Jackson than most other clubs.

We will get to see how Belichick and Co. manage when they take on the Ravens next weekend.