Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen lead all NFL QBs in rushing since entering the league

USA Today

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was chosen in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, a few hours after the Bills chose quarterback Josh Allen. The two of them meet in a divisional playoff game on Saturday, and fans of both teams can celebrate that they have their franchise quarterbacks in place.

But while Jackson and Allen have had plenty of success with their arms, what really makes them unique is their success with their legs.

Since the start of the 2018 season, Jackson and Allen are first and second in the NFL in rushing among quarterbacks. Jackson is easily first, with 2,906 rushing yards. Allen is second with 1,562 rushing yards.

Jackson is in a class by himself as a runner at the quarterback position: Jackson’s 2,906 rushing yards are by far the most for a quarterback in his first three seasons in NFL history. Cam Newton, who gained 2,032 rushing yards in his first three seasons, is a distant second. Russell Wilson, who ran for 1,877 yards in his first three seasons, is third. Allen is fourth in NFL history for rushing yards by a quarterback in his first three seasons.

There was a time when NFL teams looked for a prototypical pocket passer in the first round of the draft. Jackson and Allen represent a change in philosophy, as teams increasingly find success with quarterbacks who can both pass and run.

10 responses to “Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen lead all NFL QBs in rushing since entering the league

  1. It seems Allen was added to the article to try justify Jackson as a QB. And for as “good” as Lamar is, if there was a draft at QB, he wouldn’t be selected in the top 15.

    From the hip; Mahomes, Rodgers, Allen, Brees, Brady, Mayfiield, Hubert, Watson, Wilson, Dak, Tannehill, Burrow, Stafford, Darnold, Murray, Goff, Rivers On the fence Tua, Carr, Ryan, Garappolo, Jones.

  2. Buffalo is headed in the right direction and their D is on track but Baltimore’s D has benefited from players abandoning their original teams and jumping on the Lamar bandwagon. That puts their D a notch above Buffalo. This game is going to be decided by tackling and downfield coverage. Lamar is going to break a couple, just don’t let his arm do any damage and Buffalo could have it.

  3. I would think 68 touchdowns to 18 interceptions so far would be classified as successful. Baltimore’s system is built around Jackson for him and them to succeed, and they’ve done pretty good I’d say. Even if you love to go out of your way to root against the guy, you can’t deny this new style Ravens team has been fun to watch. Now of course the question remains if it’s sustainable, but up until now it’s been serving them well.

  4. Running QB’S tend to also lead the league in injuries after a few years of getting nailed by linebackers.

  5. Josh’s rushing has gone down every year…His passing has gone up every year. I think that positions him for sustained success in this league.

  6. –From the hip; Mahomes, Rodgers, Allen, Brees, Brady, Mayfiield, Hubert, Watson, Wilson, Dak, Tannehill, Burrow, Stafford, Darnold, Murray, Goff, Rivers On the fence Tua, Carr, Ryan, Garappolo, Jones.–

    I don’t disagree with the point that Lamar is overrated, but you’re nuts if you think teams are taking 1/3, if not half those guys over him. I would remove Brees, Brady, Stafford, probably Darnold, Goff, Rivers, Probably Tua, Carr, Garappolo, and Jones from the list right off the top.

  7. A QB usually is known for throwing the ball. Does anyone remember Bobby Douglas? If you do you remember him as almost (968) rushing for 1,000 yards in a 14-game season in 1972. You don’t remember him for being a passer.

    Lamar is a better passer and runner for sure but Josh Allen has almost as many passing yards as Lamar has passing and rushing. Jackson gets a lot of stats against bad teams but struggles against good teams. That’s fine as long as you’re OK being good. Good doesn’t win Super Bowls though and I’m not sure Jackson has the arm to do that.

    I’d be willing to bet if you gave a team the choice of having Allen as your QB or Jackson as your QB they would all choose Allen–even Harbaugh if he had the choice.

  8. How many times do you have to tell us that Lamar is a good running back? Yes, we get it. And we see it every week. The dude can scramble and is very athletic.
    But please stop trying to turn him into a good passer. And stop with the silly comparisons such as “Peyton Manning lost his first 3 playoff games!” You and the Ravens fans are putting Lamar on a pedestal he has no business being on.
    He is a poor, inaccurate passer who compounds his mistakes with bad reads too. He is not a QB, he is a running back. He ocassionally throws to set up the run, not the other way around. He can’t hit anyone on a deep ball or outside the hashes, especially if they are covered.
    This is not hating. He has been successful in the regular season as a running QB. I don’t think it will translate to any Super Bowls or sustained playoff success. We’ll see.
    But Lamar’s offense was #20 in the league. That’s all we need to know. Stop with the ridiculous and unwarranted praise for him.

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