Ravens news: Lamar Jackson leads the NFL in Pro-Bowl votes
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Ravens’ Lamar Jackson leads the NFL in Pro Bowl votes

Lamar Jackson

The Lamar Jackson takeover is in full swing. The second-year quarterback is an MVP candidate, the face of the Baltimore Ravens and, as of Nov. 20, the NFL’s leader in Pro-Bowl votes.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, Jackson leads the pack in Pro-Bowl votes by a wide margin. He has 146,171, out-pacing second-place, Patrick Mahomes, by nearly 30,000 votes. Rounding out the top-five is Russell Wilson, Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey.

If Jackson were to go to the Pro-Bowl — a near guarantee as of now — it would be the first appearance of his two-year career. Though impressing in 2018 after becoming the starter over Joe Flacco mid-season, his performance then was not enough to edge out Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck and Deshaun Watson in the AFC.

Jackson’s emergence as a Pro-Bowl vote leader should come as no surprise. Not only does he have the 8-2 Baltimore Ravens rolling while on an MVP path, but his penchant for highlight runs and tosses also makes him a highlight-reel worth watching every Sunday. His ability to pull off sunglasses certainly doesn’t help, either.

On the season, Jackson has scored 25 total touchdowns while passing for 2,258 yards and five interceptions on a 66.3% completion rate. He also leads the Ravens in rushing with 788 yards on 115 attempts. For reference, he is fantasy football’s, in standard leagues, No. 1 quarterback and No. 13 running back, per Fair Shake Football.

Jackson is on an MVP rampage. He is trying to prove the critics that doubted his quarterbacking abilities wrong. In the process, he is a young face of the NFL.