Ravens’ Lamar Jackson ties Robert Griffin III as fastest QB to reach 1,000 career rushing yards
Lamar Jackson is tying his own teammate’s records. On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback tied Robert Griffin III — his backup — as the fastest quarterback to reach 1,000 career rushing yards. He did so in 21 games (13 starts), according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.
Jackson rushed 14 times for 70 yards during Baltimore’s 26-23 overtime win over the Steelers in Pittsburgh. He had one of uglier games of his career thus far as a passer; he went 19 of 28 for 161 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Nonetheless, he and the Ravens got the job done.
Jackson has always been known for his dual-threat abilities, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see him rewriting record books. At Louisville, the quarterback ran for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns over the course of three seasons. He rushed for at least 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns in his last two seasons.
Through his first five games of 2019, Jackson has 308 yards and a touchdown on 50 attempts. In 2018, the dual-threat ran for 695 yards and five touchdowns on 147 attempts, while starting in seven games.
In 2019, Jackson is trying to earn recognition as more of a passer rather than a runner. The second-year quarterback has done an admirable job of doing so, posting 1,271 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions on a 65.4% completion rate and 99.1 passer rating. He has shown marked improvement in decision making and accuracy.
However, despite his development as a passer, Jackson can still beat defenses with his legs. His latest record indicates just that.