Lamar Jackson doesn’t exactly impress at skills competition
NFL’s season leader in touchdowns is human after all. A mini clip of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson competing in the NFL Skills Pro Bowl Competition has gone viral with 2.2 million views.
The video shows Lamar Jackson going for the jugular as he tries to hit harder targets in the precision passing contest. With the superstar QB failing to register a point going the halfway mark of the one-minute limit, a commentator explains that it only shows Jackson’s confidence in his ability that he opted to take risks rather than go for the easy targets.
Lamar Jackson’s Precision Passing: pic.twitter.com/oBq8K2DWRU
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Jackson eventually scored a point via the four-target windmill. After scoring the point, a commentator exclaimed in disbelief:
“This is looking like a struggle for the guy who was the breakout star of the league this year.”
Jackson’s participation is one of the most anticipated in the annual event by virtue of his swashbuckling performance in the recently concluded NFL regular season.
Against the Dolphins in the Ravens’ season-opener, Jackson became the youngest quarterback to get a perfect passer rating. He went ballistic; connecting 17 of 20 for 324 yards with 5 touchdowns. For his exploits, he was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.
In Week 9, the Ravens faced the unbeaten New England Patriots. Lamar dealt the defending champions a crushing defeat (37-20) after throwing 1 touchdown and rushing 2 more. This earned Jackson his second AFC Offensive Player of the Week award.
After clinching the home field advantage, John Harbaugh decided not to play Jackson in the regular season finale against the Steelers. Despite missing a game, Jackson still led the league with 36 touchdowns (also a franchise record).
Although Jackson and the Ravens weren’t able to replicate their success in the postseason; falling to the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional round, there’s no denying that Jackson has finally come of age.
A total of five AFC Offensive Player of the Week citations and an AFC Player of the Month for November underscores Lamar’s impressive 2019 season and is a strong favorite to win the MVP.