DeForest Buckner: Lamar Jackson is an elite QB, and we’ve got to treat him like a running back

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Looking for their second win of the season, the Colts will take on the Ravens on Monday. As a defense, Indianapolis knows Baltimore presents a unique set of challenges.

Defensive tackle DeForest Buckner has faced quarterback Lamar Jackson twice — once with the 49ers and last year with the Colts. Buckner’s team lost to the Ravens both times.

Addressing the media this week, Buckner said Baltimore’s diverse running game presents challenges.

“Lamar, obviously we all know he’s an elite quarterback, but I mean he’s an elite runner. We’ve got to treat him, obviously, like a running back,” Buckner said in his press conference. “This week is all about assignment football. Guys have to be in the right fits at the right time, got to read your keys and the main thing is we have to trust one another.”

Buckner added that Jackson is “definitely” the most unique QB he’s faced because of Jackson’s rushing ability and the way Baltimore uses it.

“They built the entire running game around him,” Buckner said. “Whether he keeps it or gives it off or whatever it is — the majority of the runs are pretty much an option. That makes a lot of defenses be a little hesitant in their run fits and little things like that. You never know when he’s going to pull it. So, if you’ve got the quarterback, get the quarterback. If you’ve got the dive, get the dive.”

Jackson had his lowest rushing total of the season last week, running for only 28 yards. But he’s averaging 269.3 yards passing per game and 69.8 yards rushing per game so far in 2021.

17 responses to “DeForest Buckner: Lamar Jackson is an elite QB, and we’ve got to treat him like a running back

  1. False, he’s an athlete playing QB. Great runner, below average passer. There’s nothing remotely “elite” about his passing.

  2. Lamar Jackson is a very young QB. Usually we’re making excuses for why these young QB’s are losing. We know they’ll get better with time and experience, and so we’re patient while they lose. However, Jackson is 33-8 as a young starting NFL QB. Like the other’s he’ll get better, too. The difference is he’s winning, and he did so from the start. Scary to think about how good he’ll eventually become. He’s a good thrower, and has a great arm. Good accuracy, too. He’s learning the finer details of playing NFL QB, but he’s winning while he’s learning. I remember Steve Young early in his career. He was also a phenomenal athlete. He could tuck and run for 25 yards at the first sign of trouble. He eventually learned to win from the pocket.

  3. springfield says:
    October 8, 2021 at 12:11 pm
    False, he’s an athlete playing QB. Great runner, below average passer. There’s nothing remotely “elite” about his passing.
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    How can I guy who led the NFL in touchdown passes be considered a below-average passer? That just doesn’t add up. He’s also averaging a league-best 8.7 yards per attempt. What more do you want form the guy?

  4. I hate the Ravens but Jackson is fun to watch and I’d never say anything denigrate his skills or the possibilities he presents for the future.

    My only criticism is that he needs to protect himself better when he runs.

  5. Lamar Jackson lead the NFL in TD passes:He can’t throw
    Lamar Jackson have multi perfect QB rating games:He can’t throw
    Lamar Jackson had a career rating over 100: he can’t throw
    Lamar Jackson came into week 5 more passing yards than Allen,Rogers,Wilson,Prescott,Jones,Ryan,Burrow,Mayfield: he still can’t throw this shows you Lamar have some kind of cult after him whatever he does they saying he can’t do lmao ok guys.

  6. He wants him to be white and not a Raven.

    youngnoizecom says:
    October 8, 2021 at 12:26 pm
    springfield says:
    October 8, 2021 at 12:11 pm
    False, he’s an athlete playing QB. Great runner, below average passer. There’s nothing remotely “elite” about his passing.
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    How can I guy who led the NFL in touchdown passes be considered a below-average passer? That just doesn’t add up. He’s also averaging a league-best 8.7 yards per attempt. What more do you want form the guy?

  7. Winston was right behind him in TD’s that year, enough said.
    QB Rating? Next.
    This week Daniel Jones, Sam Darnold, Jalen Hurts, Cousins and Goff all have more passing yards, along with seven others…
    Jackson is ok, the league enables running QB’s, it’s not a big deal.

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    6allsohard6more says:
    October 8, 2021 at 2:18 pm
    Lamar Jackson lead the NFL in TD passes:He can’t throw
    Lamar Jackson have multi perfect QB rating games:He can’t throw
    Lamar Jackson had a career rating over 100: he can’t throw
    Lamar Jackson came into week 5 more passing yards than Allen,Rogers,Wilson,Prescott,Jones,Ryan,Burrow,Mayfield: he still can’t throw this shows you Lamar have some kind of cult after him whatever he does they saying he can’t do lmao ok guys.

  8. The Colts will treat Mr Regular Season as elite for this game. In the playoffs, it would be a different story.

  9. Of course he will set records. If that satisfies Ravens fans, good for them. He just doesn’t have what it takes to win in the playoffs.

  10. @grant35
    So I guess Marino and Elway suck right? One never won a Super Bowl and the other didn’t win until the end of his career.
    You, like all the haters, just change your narrative every time Lamar proves you wrong. He’s won in the playoffs and beaten those teams he’s struggled against. And yes, set records along the way. I guess you don’t want your QB to be setting records throughout their career. Huh? Or is that you just spinning the narrative. SMH

  11. Do you believe QBs like Marino really care about their records vs another shot in a SB? I am not hating on Mr Regular Season. He is a great QB but his style has been proven, over and over, not to work in the playoffs. I’ll take SBs over records, anyday. And does that sound like a ‘spin”?

  12. Ravens fans, do you care about the playoffs? Do you care about winning Super Bowls? Or do you prefer to just ooh and ahh at Lamar’s impressive scrambles during the regular season against weak defenses? When he proves that he can win in the playoffs, let me know.

  13. ttl255 says:
    October 8, 2021 at 5:48 pm
    Winston was right behind him in TD’s that year, enough said.
    QB Rating? Next.
    This week Daniel Jones, Sam Darnold, Jalen Hurts, Cousins and Goff all have more passing yards, along with seven others…
    Jackson is ok, the league enables running QB’s, it’s not a big deal.

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    You not getting the point he still gets disrespected as a QB and he already Perfect ratings. 5 pass Td’s games. Passer rating. TD to Ints Ratio. And have done it without grade A veteran weapons like other QB’s whoever he didn’t do they say he can’t do just to hate. Now it’s he can’t win a super bowl acting like outside Mahomes don’t no young QB have one hell Matt Stafford age(33) 0-3 in playoffs never heard one time he can’t win a play off game

  14. As a Colts fan, I would love for the Colts to win, but their record in primetime games isn’t all that great. Ravens are going to beat them up.

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