I Was Not Expecting THis Lamar, This Early
I was not expecting Lamar Jackson to look this good this early! He’s making throws he wasn’t making last year, he’s climbing the pocket and keeping eyes downfield, and he’s making some strong accurate throws that I had my doubts whether he can make them or not. My favorite thing about Lamar undoubtedly is his remarkable athleticism and clever play-action swag. Lamar is electric to watch when he’s balling, there’s no denying. However, my biggest concern with Jackson remains his release. Now as Peyton Manning said, if it works for you then it works. The problem, however, is it doesn’t work. While Lamar’s release has improved from last year, there are still some improvements that need to be made in order for him to be consistent. Through two weeks of the season, we still see balls sail on him, we still see him forcing throws, and we still see an inability to fully read and react to an NFL defense. Lastly, and this is very important, we still need to see more NFL throws. Lamar’s strength is deep balls and balls between the hashes, in order to succeed in the NFL you better have defenders prepared to cover every blade of grass and every branch of the route tree.
My ceiling for Lamar has always been high, however, I also had a very low floor for him. The one thing I did not expect was for him to show this much of an improvement so quickly. The first two weeks are very encouraging, but there’s a long way to go for the kid from Pompano Beach, Florida. Last year out of 32 starting quarterbacks he was perhaps 24-32. For now, I got him at around 16-19. At the end of the day, consistency is the only way to evaluate success.