Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson made the leap from promising rookie to unanimous NFL MVP in one year. Just a year after 31 teams passed on him, NFL executives are now gushing with praise for the 23-year-old quarterback.
While some might have concerns about Jackson’s ability to sustain his dominance, at least one NFL executive believes Baltimore is ready to roll with an unstoppable force on offense.
The Athletic’s Mike Sando released his quarterback tiers for the 2020 season with NFL coaches and executives weighing in on every quarterback. While not every gunslinger received praise, Jackson isn’t short on fans across the league.
Many of the NFL’s top minds already believe Jackson is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. While he fell short of being listed among the elite tier-one quarterbacks, joining the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson, one NFL executive was willing to go even further with his praise.
“The most dominant guy in the league,” an executive said, via The Athletic. “How is he not a one now?”
Unsurprisingly, discussions about Jackson circled back to Cam Newton and his MVP season in 2015. As one NFL evaluator put it, the view on Jackson depends on preference between, “the traditional, tall white guy who sits in the pocket” or those who see the evolution of the position and value players who use their legs.
While some similarities can be made between Jackson and Cam’s remarkable seasons, it took Newton until his fifth season to reach those heights. He won the NFL MVP award with 35 passing touchdowns, 10 rushing touchdowns and 636 rushing yards.
Jackson ran away with the coveted award in his second season, recording 43 total touchdowns and setting a single-season record with 1,206 rushing yards by a quarterback.
Frankly, we might see Jackson get even better this year. Coaches have marveled at his work ethic and the growth he showed as a passer, making incredible improvements with his accuracy. If he continues to improve, it won’t be long before he is viewed as an elite quarterback and a Patrick Mahomes-like contract would quickly follow.