Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson guaranteed a Super Bowl during an interview at the 2018 NFL Draft. The interview was by NFL great Deion Sanders.
Sanders asked Lamar Jackson what the Ravens were getting out of him. Jackson replied by saying:
“Everything out of me. They are going to get a Super Bowl out of me.”Lamar Jackson – NFL Network
Jackson obviously didn’t imply that he was going to win a Super Bowl during his first season. He clearly meant at some point during his career. Despite that, here he stands with a real shot at a championship in his rookie campaign.
Lamar Jackson is having an excellent rookie year
Jackson found ways to impact the Ravens all season long. He got his first start in week 11 after a Joe Flacco injury and never looked back. Before week 11, the Ravens brought him in for some specialty packages to utilize his athleticism. It was clear then that Jackson was special.
Lamar Jackson’s passing stats won’t knock you off your seat by themselves. You have to watch him play to see how he fully impacts the game. His athleticism and explosiveness keep defenses on their heels. Because of that, he just has to make a few big throws a game to be effective.
In his seven starts this season, Jackson threw 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. That equates to a quarterback rating of 84.5. In addition to passing, Jackson killed defenses with his feet. He averaged 79 yards a game rushing the ball. That makes life very difficult for defense coordinators. There is nothing worse than defending a play perfectly and having a quarterback run for a first down.
Can Lamar Jackson go all the way?
The Ravens play the Los Angeles Chargers during the first round of the NFL Playoffs. The Chargers are a good team but this is a very winnable game for the Ravens. They also have home field advantage. In other words, a team from Los Angeles is going to play outdoors in January.
If they win that first game, this is going to get very real all of a sudden. There will be a lot of hype around the young quarterback who many believed needed a lot of time to develop into an NFL starter.