Over the years, Baltimore Ravens superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson has certainly earned respect as a runner, but when it comes to his passing ability, he still faces plenty of doubters. And it sure sounds like he’s setting out to silence all of those critics this season.
Lamar Jackson spoke at a press conference on Thursday following his five-year extension with the team, and he had quite a bold plan for the upcoming season, revealing that he wants to throw for “like 6,000 yards” given the new weapons he has in the passing game, like Odell Beckham Jr.
“I think I told someone like man I wanna throw for like 6,000 yards with the weapons we have,” Jackson said according to Pro Football Talk. “And I’m not an individual award-type guy or a stat watcher, I just want to do that because no one’s ever done it and I feel like we have the weapons to do it.”
Obviously, this would not only be impressive, but it would also be historic since the NFL’s current single-season passing record is 5,477 yards, which was set by Peyton Manning in 2013.
It’s quite a bold goal, but the NFL world was largely unconvinced.
Please don't buy into this kind of stuff in the offseason. Do I think he'll throw more? Yes. Do I think it will be a huge jump? No.
That said, I'm certainly in on Lamar this season for fantasy depending on where the ADP settles. Could be a perfect auction target. https://t.co/eBlmINxqgh
— Drew Davenport (@DrewDavenportFF) May 5, 2023
Where’s the “he’s not a pocket passer” crowd now? 👀pic.twitter.com/aG2Ri0EfO5
— Scott Simpson (@NimblewNumbers) May 5, 2023
In his five year career, Lamar Jackson has averaged 2,442 passing yards per season. 6,000 might be out of reach. Even if he can stay healthy. https://t.co/DL1thYqcxH
— Sean Thurmond (@seanthurmond) May 4, 2023
Over the course of 2.5 seasons?
— Mike Monaghan (@lifewithmikey52) May 4, 2023
— Dave (@davespace_) May 4, 2023
Lamar has eclipsed half of that only once in his career
— Alex (@AGrigs81) May 4, 2023
We’ll have to see if Jackson can accomplish this goal this upcoming season.