In 2019, the Seattle Seahawks will face off against a number of quarterbacks similar to Russell Wilson. Seattle has already faced Kyler Murray and will do so again in December. If Murray is Wilson’s doppelganger, then perhaps Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is sort of an off-brand version.
That’s not meant to disparage the second-year signal-caller, as Jackson has proven himself more than capable of being a franchise-caliber player. What it means, however, is Jackson is a faster, more mobile, slightly less accurate quarterback than Wilson . . . yet just as deadly for defenses.
It hasn’t been easy for the former Heisman Trophy winner. There was plenty of skepticism of Jackson entering the league due to his slight frame. Many questioned if he should transition to wide receiver. Instead, Jackson stayed the course at quarterback and it has proven to be the smart decision.
In his second year, Jackson has guided the Ravens to a 4-2 record to sit atop the AFC North as they attempt to repeat as division champions. He has greatly improved in every facet of his game, most notably his completion percentage which has increased from 58 to 65%. His attempts per game have skyrocketed from 10.6 to 32.5.
This is truly remarkable, considering this defeats the narrative that he is only a running quarterback incapable of consistently throwing the football.
Make no mistake – Jackson is still absolutely lethal when he runs. His speed and quickness make it near impossible for defenders to stop him when he takes off running. This could be a considerable problem for a Seahawks pass rush that has failed to make an impact over the last couple of weeks.
While Jackson has certainly improved greatly as a player, he is still beset by one nagging issue which all young quarterbacks face – turnovers. In the last three weeks, Jackson has thrown four touchdowns against five interceptions. The Seahawks have benefited greatly at forcing turnovers from young quarterbacks this year and may have to do it again if they want to improve to 6-1.