Lamar Jackson can become first QB with two 1,000-yard rushing seasons

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Prior to Lamar Jackson coming along, a quarterback had only gained 1,000 rushing yards in a season once in NFL history. Jackson may do it twice in his first two seasons as a starting quarterback.

Jackson ran for 1,206 yards last season, easily breaking Michael Vick’s 2006 NFL record of 1,039 rushing yards for a quarterback. Jackson won’t reach that total this year, but with 908 yards and one game to go, Jackson has a chance of reaching 1,000 yards again this year.

If Jackson gains 92 rushing yards against the Bengals, it will be his second career 1,000-yard rushing season.

Vick is the player Jackson is most often compared to, but Jackson is a better passer than Vick and is running the ball more than Vick: Vick’s career high was 123 carries in a season; Jackson has carried the ball more than 123 times in all three of his NFL seasons.

Jackson is only 23 years old, but he has already carved out a unique place for himself in NFL history.

25 responses to “Lamar Jackson can become first QB with two 1,000-yard rushing seasons

  1. I hope he doesnt have to run for 92 yards against the bengals… if he does i dont believe the ravens will cover the spread…

  2. He’s not a better passer than Vick…try not to sound so desperate about wanting Lamar to be something He’s not…

  3. That’s nice for fantasy football, but he’s still winless in the playoffs with more turnovers than touchdowns in those losses.

  4. Michael Vick was a much better passer than Jackson and I don’t think it’s close.

  5. If you have seen nothing that suggests Lamar Jackson is a better passed than Michael Vick look at some stats.

    Vick’ career completion percentage was 56.2. Jackson’s is 64.2

    Vick’s int pct was 2.7. Jackson’ is 1.8

    Vick’s NFL QB Rating was 80.4. Jackson’s is 102.5

    Vick’s Adjusted yards per attempt is 6.6. Jackson’s is 8.1

    Vick never led the NFL in anything. Last year Jackson led in TDs, TD pct and QBR.

    For those who have seen “nothing” that suggests Jackson is a better passer find stats that support your argument. Jackson has played 2+ years while Vick played 13 seasons. Even if you take Vick’s two best seasons, Jackson is a better passer.

  6. Lamar has thrown for 23 tds this year after throwing 36 last year. Know how many times Vick threw for 23+ Tds? Answer is 0. Lamar threw for 3127 yds in his second year as QB. Vick exceeded that once in his career like in year 10 under passer happy andy reid. Please stop this nonsense that Vick was a way better passer.

  7. I know everyone like to make comparisons all the time with draft classes. Who would you rather have a QB that runs for 1,000 yrs a year and throws for 2,500 or a guy who throws for 4,400 and runs for 500. Jackson may have carved out a unique place in history but how many QBs would really want that place. But like Rich Gannon said during a game this year, There is an unspoken truth no one can talk about it that running QB’s get hurt. Example Cam Newtons career was really 7 seasons and he only had a few good ones. But he is the standard for running QB’s today. Note: not a dual threat QB a running QB. In his career Cam average 3,100 passing. That would put him 19th in the league this year and only ahead of a host of other QB’s (Brees,Jones,Burrow) who all were hurt in 2020, and ahead of course Lamar Jackson.

  8. buffman716 says:
    January 2, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Jackson may have carved out a unique place in history but how many QBs would really want that place.

    Yeah, being league MVP at 22 was something all QBs pray will never happen to them.

  9. It might actually be safer to run outside the pocket these days, if a defender does not get out of the way of the runner it’s a flag

  10. I’m not a Vick fan but he had an ARM.
    He would flick his write and the ball came out like a laser beam.
    LJ is adequate as a passer.
    What helps him is he is a deadly runner and with the system the ravens have defenses have to respect that and it opens up the passing game.
    He can be fun to watch.

  11. But like Rich Gannon said during a game this year, There is an unspoken truth no one can talk about it that running QB’s get hurt.
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    Unspoken truth? What rock have you been under? All they talk about Jackson getting hurt, which is such a fallacy. How many in the pocket QBs have been hurt this year? While Jackson, Murray, Wilson and Allen haven’t missed a game.

  12. He’s not a better passer than Vick…try not to sound so desperate about wanting Lamar to be something He’s not…

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    Last year, he tied a record for most perfect passer rating games. He had 36 TDs and 6 interceptions. I know a lot of frothing haters desperately ignore this, but he has the capability to be an incredible passer, and earned an MVP in no small part through his arm. You don’t get MVP because you rushed for 1200 yards and got 7 rushing TDs.

    I know facts, reality, and logic won’t convince Lamar haters, because if they did, then you wouldn’t even be breathlessly shouting “Lamar is a running back because MUH FEELINGS SAY SO!” into the void every time his name appears in an article. But still, I don’t need to convince you.

  13. I don’t hate Lamar and thought Miami should’ve tried to draft him. But Vick had a much better arm, and it’s not even close… Kudos to the Ravens for tailoring the offense to Jackson. Vick did not have that luxury…

  14. finfanjim says:
    January 2, 2021 at 1:18 pm
    I don’t hate Lamar and thought Miami should’ve tried to draft him. But Vick had a much better arm, and it’s not even close… Kudos to the Ravens for tailoring the offense to Jackson. Vick did not have that luxury…
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    Arm strength is very important, but outweighed by a combination of accuracy, far better TD to INT ratio, yards after the catch, etc.

  15. Interesting people comparing stats of QBs between what amounts to two different eras.

    If you haven’t noticed QB rating – td/int ratio, completion percentage, yards/attempt – has really taken off, especially in the last 10 years. Unless you really think Lamar Jackson and Jared Goff are better passers than Dan Marino and John Elway.

  16. Announcers never talk about the reality of running QB’s getting hurt. All they do is trumpet how their legs and how it they make things happen.Now Jalen Hurts has already been called the next Lamar Jackson already. Of course Philly gets blown up by Andy Dalton of all people. So maybe the hype train for Hurts will slow down. I just heard how even though Newton had terrible passing numbers this year he “made up for it” by having 12 rushing TD’s , you know what last I looked they have a position called a running back that job is to run the football. Do you really need a QB that can’t throw the ball but when on the 5 yard line fake a hand off and run for a TD. I will stick to my original comment who would you rather have. To finish this I will use everyone’s punching bag not Wentz. He was a potential MVP but you know what happened. Does anyone remember. He blew his knees out at the goal line running it in for a TD. He hasn’t been when same since.

  17. Too much of the argument/comparison of Vick vrs. Jackson centered on the arms and not on the decision making involved in when,where and to who to throw to and just as importantly, when not to.The verdict is out on Vick. He never could make the reads and decisions quick enough. To the end, his value was in his mobility not his pocket passing. Jackson and his coach have both stated that what Jackson is doing is unsustainable and that Jackson needs to improve his pocket skills. There’s still time for him. For the DOG TORTURER, it’s all over.

  18. I would rank him way behind Fran Tarkenton. And Tarkenton played back when defenses were allowed to LAY YOU OUT! No mercy!

  19. First, a big arm doesn’t make a QB a great thrower of the football. What makes a great QB is when he puts all phases of the game together, Lamar has done so, Lamar’s MVP season showed that he is a game-changing football player playing QB. Vick and Lamar are different QBs, Vick is probably one of the most dangerous runners the NFL has ever seen. Vick made defenses look foolish with his speed and moves while Lamar has speed and toughness with a nasty spin move. Once the Ravens add better route runners Lamar passing numbers won’t be head-turning. For now, Lamar is as good as any QB in the NFL in terms of production if you look at Lamar’s total contribution to the Ravens. Who gives a damn if a QB throws for 500 yards and losses the football game…

  20. Here we go again… let’s beat the Lamar drum and put him on the top of Mt. Everest with all the other GOATs!
    If you actually watch the Ravens play and still think he’s a QB, you’re delusional. He’s a running back who throws from time to time to set up their running game. I know none of you want to deal with reality, but here are the facts:
    Lamar is #22 in passing.
    The Ravens offense is #19 in total yards.
    Lamar throws for 175 yards per game. That’s it. That’s not a QB. He has been effective as a runner and then hitting wide open receivers on 6-8 yard slants, but if he has to make a throw more than 10 yards, or outside of the hashes, and to a receiver who is covered, his statistics are atrocious in terms of completion % and turnovers. And this is why he has yet to win a playoff game.
    And for those lauding his MVP performance last year and the great regular season performance he put up, how’s he doing in comparison this year? As defenses have adjusted, is he still as “dominant” as you say he is? Uhh, I don’t think so. He’s way down across the board in all key stats. This is a huge issue.
    The Wildcat offense had its brief moment in time, and Lamar is unfortunately regressing quickly much like the Wildcat did. He is going the wrong way, and because he’s really a running back and not an accurate passer, there isn’t a way to right this ship. Sad but true. Running QBs and gimmick RPO offenses with athletic QBs do not last in the NFL over time. Period.

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