Lamar Jackson and the Key to His Continued Success in Baltimore

Lamar Jackson and the Key to His Continued Success in Baltimore

  • AFC
  • AFC North
  • Baker Mayfield
  • baltimore ravens
  • Josh Allen
  • josh rosen
  • lamar jackson
  • Sam Darnold
  • Tom Brady
By Freddie Hall July 10, 2020 0 Comment

Earlier this week, Lamar Jackson’s personal quarterback coach, Joshua Harris, discussed the proverbial chip on Lamar’s shoulder in an interview with Bleacher Report.

Harris talked about how Lamar Jackson isn’t going to rest on his success throughout the 2019 season. Instead, he wants to improve. Jackson still carries a chip on his shoulder as the fifth quarterback off the board and 32nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The proverbial chip on a player’s shoulder motivates overlooked players to improve year after year to prove the doubters wrong and show how other franchises should regret not rating them more highly.

Tom Brady is a classic example of this. He was a 6th round in the NFL Draft in 2000. This fact drove Brady to heights nobody could possibly imagine. Needless to say, we don’t need to tell the NFL world how Brady’s career has gone.

Lamar’s 2019 season

Lamar Jackson broke multiple ceilings in 2019. Teams couldn’t stop Jackon’s rushing capability last season. He finished the season 6th overall in the NFL, with 1,206 rushing yards.

That amount of yards saw the quarterback beat out even top running backs, including Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and offensive rookie of the year contender Josh Jacobs. Lamar also passing touchdowns with 36. These remarkable stats and exciting gameplay earned Jackson the league MVP in 2019.

Baltimore earned the number 1 seed in the AFC. Unfortunately, they were upset by a Tennessee Titans team nobody expected to be so good in 2019.

What is scary for every franchise in the NFL is that this is only the beginning for Lamar Jackson. 2019 was his first full season playing as the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, and with how Jackson progressed from 2018 to 2019, teams will be frightened to see what he can do in 2020.

Motivation for Lamar Jackson in 2020

Motivation is easy to pinpoint. Four quarterbacks were taken before Lamar in 2020, including Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen. None have reached the heights that Lamar has reached so far, Josh Allen being probably the second most successful with a shortlived playoff run last season.

Jackson also remembers that he wasn’t even Baltimore’s first pick in the 2018 draft. Hayden Hurst, the tight end from South Carolina, was picked with the seven spots ahead of Lamar in the 2018 Draft. The Ravens traded Hurst to the Atlanta Falcons this offseason.

Lamar has one this mission: to prove everyone wrong who passed on him.

Joshua Harris told Bleacher Report, “He doesn’t see himself as the MVP; he sees himself as the fifth quarterback taken in his draft class.”

Lamar will maintain this mindset throughout his career, whether that is with Baltimore or at any other team. Success in the NFL is difficult and complacency can quickly end a career. Baltimore will be happy knowing that Lamar Jackson is going to give it his all throughout his career.

A Super Bowl is going to be the organization’s reward for trusting in Lamar, and as long as Lamar carries that chip on his shoulder Baltimore will not have to worry about the quarterback position for years to come.

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