Latest Lamar Jackson comparison is to DeShaun Watson

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Some of the comparisons between Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson are obvious — drafted in the first round, without an immediate starting job handed to them.

But NFL Network analyst Steve Smith Sr. said the comparisons run deeper than that.

Via Katherine Fominykh of the Baltimore Sun, Smith said he saw a similarity in the way the two quarterbacks worked to improve.

“[Jackson], he’s willing to hone in his craft and improve on whatever deficiencies he has, kind of like Deshaun Watson did when he was at Clemson,” Smith said. “Every year they said he needed to be more pocket-present. That’s what he did. Be more accurate. That’s what he’s become.”

Jackson gets pigeonholed as a runner by those who lack imagination, but improved his completion percentage every year at Louisville, finishing with a solid 59.1 percent.

And while Watson’s ascendance to the starting job in Houston last year seemed inevitable, it might take Jackson a bit longer to supplant Joe Flacco.

18 responses to “Latest Lamar Jackson comparison is to DeShaun Watson

  1. Love the casual racism involved in athlete comparisons. Jackson reminds me of Michael Vick, Donavon McNabb, Warren Moon and RG3

  2. Jackson gets pigeonholed as a runner by those who lack imagination, but improved his completion percentage every year at Louisville, finishing with a solid 59.1 percent.
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    The 7th overall pick Josh Allen can’t even run. He finished his 3 year Wyoming career at 56.2 (2015 only attempted 6 passes. 2016 56.0 and 2017 56.3)

    Lamar might be getting pigeonholed by those that only see what they choose to see. I think Lamar has quite a tool bag to work with. One of the things I like the most about him right now is that he doesn’t seem to want the lime light at all. I could be wrong but he certainly doesn’t seem like a “me” guy. Half of the battle is not letting fame and fortune destroy yourself.

  3. Its not for lack of imagination, running was literally what he was best at in college. Every year, a run first college QB gets drafted and we hear how this one can do it all. DeShaun, is a rare talent and hopefully he regains his form. Don’t forget DeShaun had a 67% completion rate 3 straight years in college in a conference with much better talent than Jackson ever saw. There is nothing solid about 59%.

    For Jackson I hope he is great, just feel like articles like this lead to way overblown expectations. Which only serves to shorten player careers.

  4. MNhardo says:

    July 13, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Love the casual racism involved in athlete comparisons. Jackson reminds me of Michael Vick, Donavon McNabb, Warren Moon and RG3
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    Yep, by STEVE SMITH SR. lol Cry the ‘R’ word some more!

  5. I just hope he really defines himself around the idea of being a pocket passer and doesn’t run often. If you can throw it well everything else is a complete after-thought.

  6. This is a lazy comparison people often make. The only thing Jackson and Watson have is they can both be a double threat but Watson is a far more polished passer than Jackson. I said it on many post on here last year that Jackson was the best QB in his draft class when many so called experts had him in the late rounds or even in the second round. This dude beat up the Alabama defense 2 years in a row, he lost the first time but the second time won a championship. No one ever beats up on Alabama. So I wasn’t surprised when he was tearing up the league once his coach finally gave him a chance but of course many were surprised. Jackson has not proven he is there yet as a passer, and in this league, that is still an important tool to have to be successful.

  7. MNhardo says:
    July 13, 2018 at 8:52 am
    Love the casual racism involved in athlete comparisons. Jackson reminds me of Michael Vick, Donavon McNabb, Warren Moon and RG3

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    Hey, just 4 months ago PFT continuously quoted ‘unnamed scouts’ who said Lamar Jackson was not a QB and needed to switch positions. Now he is being compared to some great QB’s. Not bad for a few month’s difference

    (this is dripping with sarcasm, because LJ was an outstanding QB and he carried teams on his back).

  8. thedawsonator says:
    Every year, a run first college QB gets drafted and we hear how this one can do it all.
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    Every year huh? So it should be easy to make a list of the top ten run first QB’s drafted in the first round since 2008 bust list. It should be easy according to you Mr. Dawsonator. I’ll check back at lunch and read your educational list. Even if you just “wing it” should be able to come up with 5 run first QB’s drafted in the first round that busted out over the past ten years even if you skip every other year.

    Looking forward to lunch. I like learning.

  9. thedawsonator says:

    July 13, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Its not for lack of imagination, running was literally what he was best at in college. Every year, a run first college QB gets drafted and we hear how this one can do it all. DeShaun, is a rare talent and hopefully he regains his form. Don’t forget DeShaun had a 67% completion rate 3 straight years in college in a conference with much better talent than Jackson ever saw. There is nothing solid about 59%.

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    You do realize Clemson and Louisville are in the same conference, right?

  10. Jackson is just another QB that like to run and he will go the way that all running QB’s go in the NFL…..

  11. silvernblacksabbath says:

    July 13, 2018 at 9:02 am

    MNhardo says:

    July 13, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Love the casual racism involved in athlete comparisons. Jackson reminds me of Michael Vick, Donavon McNabb, Warren Moon and RG3
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    Yep, by STEVE SMITH SR. lol Cry the ‘R’ word some more!

    I wasn’t crying the “R” word lol. I was making a joke that I think most people notice when they watch any draft. Steve Smith is not the only person whose compared him to another black QB, again a joke. You going on the rails on a crazy train or something?

  12. factschecker says: “come up with 5 run first QB’s drafted in the first round that busted out over the past ten years even if you skip every other year.”
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    That’s easy. I’ll go from 2006-2016 since you can’t really judge recent picks (ie still willing to give 2017 DeShone Kizer a chance to get better)

    1st rounders: Vince Young, Josh Freeman, Tim Tebow, Robert Griffin, Johnny Manziel
    2nd rounders: Drew Stanton, Kevin Kolb, Pat White, Colin Kaepernick
    3rd rounders: Kevin O’Connell, Colt McCoy, Jacoby Brissett

  13. There is a huge difference between Watson and Jackson! Comparing these two is unjust. Watson is an accomplished QB. Like Dak Prescott before him, Watson does whatever is necessary to keep his team in a ballgame. If he need to run, he runs. If he needs to pass, he passes. If he needs to show toughness, he does. He has the skill set to do what is necessary. Jackson has not demonstrated that skill set. Can Jackson develop that skill and mind set? That’s the real question here. Only time will tell us.

  14. Another running back that can throw is what I see. he will get killed in this league.
    I hope I am wrong, but it happens EVERY time a “Slash” QB comes into the NFL, take away the legs and they are nothing.. RG3 is the first that comes to mind, Vick 2nd…..

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