With 1:25 left in the first quarter, third and ten, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson drops back. He scans the field, sees nothing, runs, jukes out a defender, hurdles over another, goes across pylon, scores! Ravens touchdown!
Well, not really; the officials called back the play for an illegal crack block by receiver Willie Snead.
LAMAR JACKSON IS ALL ABOUT THAT ACTION. 😤 @Lj_era8 @Ravens pic.twitter.com/FexiuHgBw0
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) August 16, 2019
Nonetheless, Jackson looked like he was made in “Madden 20,” and progressed through the QB1 system, then got all of those badges to create the monster we see in preseason football. Because, well, that was impressive, even if it didn’t count.
Big runs from Jackson aren’t anything new, though. Since his days at Boynton Beach Community High School, Jackson has been making those otherwise tough runs look easy.
At the University of Louisville, he showed that to a national stage; recording an unearthly 4,132 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns in just three seasons of play. He did so while winning the Heisman Trophy in 2016.
If college defenders couldn’t stop Jackson on the ground, NFL ones can, right? Not so much, in Jackson’s rookie year, he rushed 147 times for 695 yards and five touchdowns in just seven starts. In doing so, he led the Ravens to an AFC North crown; in turn, a playoff birth.
Jackson so far feels comfortable in the Ravens’ offense after his first rookie season,
“I’m way ahead, way ahead of where I was last year,” Jackson said via the Ravens official website. “Last year, I was asking coach, ‘What do you have right here?’ and stuff like that. This year, it’s a lot of studying, dialing into my playbook, getting with my teammates in the offseason. They helped a lot.”
It’s hard to say he’s lying considering the run above, where he scanned the field, then unleashed his talents.