Ed Reed: I tell Lamar Jackson great QBs don’t take hits, I hope he plays 20 years like Tom Brady

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One of the greatest players in Ravens history wants Lamar Jackson to stay healthy long enough to carve out his own special place in NFL history.

Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed told Kevin Clark of TheRinger.com that he advises Lamar Jackson to be careful about the way he plays so that he can stay healthy long enough to have a career like Tom Brady has had.

“I even give constructive criticism — constructive criticism — to Lamar because I want Lamar to play 20 years like Tom Brady. I don’t want to see Lamar get a catastrophic injury like the running quarterbacks of our past,” Reed said on Slow News Day.

Reed said the 24-year-old Jackson needs to protect himself so that he doesn’t end up like Cam Newton, who is out of the NFL at age 32.

“I want him to win a championship before he becomes like Cam Newton,” Reed said of Jackson. “As big as Cam was, those hits affected Cam. Those hits caught up with him. That affects your throwing. A quarterback has to throw the ball. I always said this and I stand on it: Great quarterbacks don’t take hits.”

Jackson has so far managed to stay fairly healthy despite running the ball like no other quarterback before him in NFL history. But if Jackson is going to keep playing for another decade or two, Reed thinks he may have to change his style a bit.

19 responses to “Ed Reed: I tell Lamar Jackson great QBs don’t take hits, I hope he plays 20 years like Tom Brady

  1. Cam is a much bigger QB then Jackson, and even he couldn’t sustain the injuries he got being hit all the time. Lamar is going to end up having a very short career at this rate

  2. Then he better learn to throw from the pocket against zone coverage and get through 4-5 progressions.

  3. He stays too long in the pocket trying to go through his progressions. That was the case with the Bengals recently. BUThe carries the ball the ball he needs to slide or run out of bounds. He’s been told that so he needs to listen. apparently hasn’t so far. If he’s hurt his team will suffer.

  4. Cam was bigger than Lamar, but couldn’t move the same way Lamar can. Lamar has an uncanny ability to evade big hits. People act like he gets obliterated every snap. He’s actually a pretty smart runner most of the time.

  5. Lamar will be an average QB without playing his style. Average QB don’t win SB and end up as backups. Let Lamar be great.

  6. Lame isn’t a QB. Running backs start to fade right about now when they are at his level of mental capability. This guy does not like to involve other people in a team sport. It is all about him.

  7. He took a pounding Sunday. He fought like hell, but I just kept thinking, he’s treating himself like a RB – eventually almost all RB’s get leg injuries…

  8. Brett Favre took more hits than anyone and didn’t miss a game until he was 42 in season 20.

  9. Lamar took a beating from the Bengals Sunday. Its weird, as a Bengals fan I want Burrow to learn how to protect himself, I think he’s listening, I think he’s learning. But Jeez, slide dude, throw it away! These are my rants when I watch him play NFL. Everybody in the pros are faster than you. He’s just so confident its gonna get him killed. Lamar, on the other hand IS faster than everyone else, BUT, the hits he took Sunday made me cringe. Lamar needs to learn this too. I love watching both these guys play. But they wont play long if they don’t change.

  10. All is takes is one knee injury and to lose some speed. Running QBs are done once they lose that step. Cam Newton is a great example. So many injuries, and he is a big dude. Lamar won’t last twenty years. Without his speed he’s nothing.

  11. Agree with Edzo. Lamar needs to slide or stop tucking and running it so much when he feels pressure. And that’s the problem. If he doesn’t run, his unique skill disappears and he’s not a good thrower. Niners tried to make Kap a pocket passer to save his body and look what happened to him (football performance, not his antics). And Kap was a better thrower than Lamar by a lot in terms of accuracy and reading defenses.

  12. Unless Lamar becomes a completely different QB I don’t see how he lasts even 10 more years as an elite player. His game is entirely built around the threat (and it’s enormous) of his running ability. Teams have to scheme to stop him and his team from just gashing them in the run game. When teams start scheming to stop the pass first when they play Lamar I’ll believe he can last as an elite QB.

  13. Daddy Batz says:
    October 26, 2021 at 2:19 pm
    Cam was bigger than Lamar, but couldn’t move the same way Lamar can. Lamar has an uncanny ability to evade big hits. People act like he gets obliterated every snap. He’s actually a pretty smart runner most of the time.
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    Nobody has an uncanny ability to avoid big hits forever. This is exactly what people said about Robert Griffin 3rd….how’d that turn out?

  14. Lamar needs better protection. The Ravens have gotten by with a mediocre line because of his athleticism. Now they need to build that line up so he can be that pocket passer too.

  15. Lamar Jackson is winning games at an unprecedented pace. He’s been winning since day one. He has a unique skill set. He’s probably heard advice from everyone. He knows what he needs to do. He doesn’t want to get hit anymore than the next guy, but he does what’s necessary to win. He’s learning more every day. Steve Young never stopped using his feet, even when he eventually learned to play from the pocket. It’s a special weapon, and only a few guys have it. It took Steve Young several years, and two teams before he finally decided to run less frequently. It’s like telling a Genie she can’t use her magic. Most others wish they had that magic.

  16. Maybe Lamar is trading future playing years for a bigger payday now ? Who knows what aby of us would do in his shoes. We think like fans watching these gamws from a nice safe soft chair. Players think differently they know its a business and that they need to make bank now.

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