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Every now and then there comes a time when you have to admit you made a mistake. A year ago following Lamar struggling to find anything against the Chargers, I thought Lamar was done. I did not think he could throw the ball well enough to lead the team to a Super Bowl. Clearly, I was wrong.
While it is not January yet, Lamar Jackson has himself in the MVP conversation if not leading it, and the Ravens looking like the most dangerous team in the NFL. His combination of running and passing makes the Ravens offense almost impossible to stop. His top two targets both play under 55% of the team’s snaps (Hollywood Brown and Mark Andrews), and it does not matter. He is making everyone look good.
His passing numbers are solid with 19 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. He has helped the team beat the Patriots, Texans, and Seahawks and that’s without even mentioning his rushing attack. Lamar Jackson is an above-average thrower, not elite, but he does not have to be. Having an above-average NFL arm alone is good, much less when you can rush for 800 yards and 6 touchdowns in 10 games. Even in poor games (9/20 passing with 0 touchdowns and 143 yards against Seattle), he has 100+ yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground.
He has not been perfect, but he has been one of the best QBs in the NFL this year.