Lamar Jackson has become one of the most exciting players in the NFL. The 2019 NFL MVP quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens has made fans swoon over his running, passing, and playmaking abilities. Now that Lamar will run a new offense this year, his priorities might be changing, as he candidly revealed on Wednesday.
Jackson spoke to reporters as Baltimore begins its OTAs this week. Jackson said that he’s “loving” the new offense led by Todd Monken, the team’s newest offensive coordinator. Intriguingly enough, though, Lamar also spoke about the style of offense he now runs and what his future might look like.
Jonas Shaffer of Baltimore Banner tweeted, “Asked about his preference for a pro-style offense, Lamar Jackson said he wanted to be in a system that throws the ball more.” Jackson then said, “Running can take you only so far in the league.”
Asked about his preference for a pro-style offense, Lamar Jackson said he wanted to be in a system that throws the ball more.
“Running can take you only so far in the league.”
— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) May 24, 2023
Critics of Jackson and his play style have always pinpointed one thing: Running. Lamar isn’t a running back playing quarterback, despite what his biggest opponents might think of him. But it is true what he says. Jackson takes many hits running, and he’s been bit by the injury bug more than once in his illustrious career.
So from that standpoint, it’s perhaps extremely promising that Jackson is aware of this and is willing to make adjustments. Success in the world – football or otherwise – is oftentimes found by listening to new ideas and POVs. Should Jackson step into more of a pocket-passer role, that could add more emphasis to that side of his game. Which, in turn, could make him even more dangerous if he specializes it.