Getting to the bottom of the Lamar Jackson wideout workout request

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NFL teams asked Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson to work out as a receiver. Unless they didn’t.

PFT has uncovered the final answer: Both.

Per a source with knowledge of the process, one team (and it takes only one team) asked for Jackson to work out as a receiver when his jersey number and position were called out during a meeting with Scouting Combine officials that occurred early in the week. It’s possible that other teams would have made the request; however, once one team does, the process moves on.

Then, the scout assigned to that player’s group communicates to the player the request to work out at a different position, and the player responds with a “yes” or a “no.” In this case, the group scout asked Jackson to work out as a receiver, and Jackson declined.

So why did Jackson deny that he’d been asked to work out as a receiver? Specifically, he said that “[n]o team asked me to try out at wide receiver.” Which is true — no team asked him to do it. One team made a request that was related to Jackson in the form of a scout employed by the Scouting Combine asking Jackson to do both.

It’s possible Jackson didn’t realize that the request came from a team, and that the Combine officials were simply acting on, for example, Bill Polian’s ongoing notion that Jackson should play receiver.

So there it is. No team directly asked Jackson to work out as a receiver, but at least one team made a request that was communicated on a second-hand basis to Jackson, and he passed.

30 responses to “Getting to the bottom of the Lamar Jackson wideout workout request

  1. of course the nfl wants this dude to move out the wideout. keep football nice and boring like they like it. i wanna see him play qb and run that ball

  2. “i wanna see him play qb and run that ball”
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    Well you won’t see it for long, because guys built like him who play his style rarely last long in the NFL. One read narrow framed gazelle with very limited skills within the pocket (progressions, footwork, touch, sliding and keeping eyes downfield as opposed to just taking off, etc). Yeah he might be “exciting” but efficient and sustainable? Probably not so much.

    I’d love to be wrong, he seems like a great guy and if he put it all together absolutely would be fun to watch in the NFL. I just wouldn’t bank much on that actually happening.

  3. He would probably be drafted as a QB before teams who are interested in him as a WR would draft him. Means a team interested in him only as a WR would not spend an early round pick on him.

  4. By the way, Brady didn’t “line up as a WR in the Super Bowl”. He lined up as a QB, handed it off in a sweep and took off on a wheel route. If you’re gonna reach for false equivalency like that, at least get it right.

  5. Did Brady whine and pout when he was asked to line up as a WR in the Super Bowl?
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    He just made himself and however asked him to run that play look incompetent

  6. kd75 says:
    March 3, 2018 at 9:49 pm
    Did Brady whine and pout when he was asked to line up as a WR in the Super Bowl?
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    No, he just dropped it. Like he dropped that fumble that lost the game for them.

  7. The problem with all this is. If he’s lucky, he will be drafted by a team, where he can develop for a while before he has to play. But for ,that team it would be great if he has a batch of plays where he could play in the slot,( or elsewhere) so he could contribute to the team. The team could utilize his athletic ability while he learns how to play NFL qb. Unfortunately everything turns into a race issue, instead of teams trying to optimize a players abilities.

  8. L.J. put up near identical passing numbers in 3 years with Louisville that Short Russell Wilson did in his 3 years at N.C. State. Lamar did it while being 2 1/2 years younger than Wilson at the same stage, 4 inches taller and 15 pounds heavier. It would be idiotic to write him off as a quarterback. I’d say he’s smarter and more ethical than Wilson as well, based off what I’ve seen so far.

  9. He is a late first to mid-second round draft pick as a quarterback, but no higher than a third as a wide receiver. This means there is no reason he should work out for anyone as a wide out and Polian’s statement is bordering on racist.

  10. fennecfox1947 says:
    March 3, 2018 at 10:36 pm
    Brady pouted when he dropped the ball.
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    Nope, he went right back to the huddle and focused on the next play. And thats not even a Brady thing, its what most NFL players do. The guys that dont understand that are the ones that pout about everything. Thats why they cant even picture not pouting.

  11. pastabelly says:
    March 4, 2018 at 1:43 am
    He is a late first to mid-second round draft pick as a quarterback, but no higher than a third as a wide receiver. This means there is no reason he should work out for anyone as a wide out and Polian’s statement is bordering on racist.

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    I thought you made a good point with a well thought out argument right up to where you brought racism into it.

  12. Combine officials should’ve explained the request to Jackson. Sounds like he thought it was a combine official request and not a team request. He could still turn it down but he may have handled it differently.

  13. I bet RGIII wishes they would have asked him to be a WR. How many millions did Terrelle Pryor miss out on trying to be a QB, and he had the frame?

  14. Well that clears that up nicely. Now how about why would you allow say a QB name Darnold to even attend the combine if he is there to diss all the teams and their coaches, scouts and say, screw you, come to my pro day?
    I would love it for one day no one shows up for the guys pro day and that ends that crap. The combine was created for evaluation not prima donnas who show up out of shape and refuse to participate.

  15. “whodatalien says:
    March 3, 2018 at 9:33 pm
    of course the nfl wants this dude to move out the wideout. keep football nice and boring like they like it. i wanna see him play qb and run that ball”

    You mean the same NFL that drafted Cam Newton, Jamis Winston, and DeSean Watson to be starting QBs? Sorry dude but your attempted narrative is reaching and desperate.

    Truth is that teams don’t want to draft a run first QB who is going to be injured sooner or later from hits from bigger faster pro players. Plus running QBs who never learn how to master passing dont do well against playoff defenses. Being a mobile passer such as Russell Wilson is ideal. But passing has to come first and cant be taught.

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