Lamar Jackson hasn’t been the Ravens’ starting quarterback for a calendar year, but on Sunday in Cincinnati, he wrapped up his first career “season” as quarterback of the Ravens.
In his 16th career start, he led the Ravens to a 49-13 win over the winless Bengals and stated his case for MVP with both his arm and his legs, spotlighted by a spin move that left the Bengals’ defense in shambles.
Still just 22-years-old, Jackson hasn’t had as much time as other young quarterbacks to develop in a system. And he’s still an MVP candidate.
If you put together the two seasons from 2018 and 2019, Jackson’s first NFL “season” is now complete.
Through the first 16 starts of his career, over two seasons, Jackson is on-pace for 3,078 passing yards and 1,258 rushing yards. The NFL record for rushing yards in a season is 1,039 yards, set by Michael Vick in 2006.
That means that through Jackson’s first 16 starts, he’s on a pace of 4,336 total yards from scrimmage.
He’s 260-for-413 passing, a completion percentage of 62.9 percent. He’s thrown for 20 touchdowns and has thrown eight interceptions in his starts, too.
On the ground, he’s rushed for 10 rushing touchdowns and fumbled 14 times. He’s also been sacked 33 times.
Through his 16 starts, the Ravens have a 13-3 record. The only losses came to the Chiefs in 2018 and the Chiefs and Browns in 2019.
He and the Ravens lost a playoff game to the Chargers last season, though those numbers aren’t reflected in his regular-season starts.
Jackson has improved rapidly in his second year and is currently on-pace for nearly 5,000 total yards and nearly 40 combined touchdowns. Even with an adjustment period in 2018, his first NFL “season” has surpassed nearly all expectations for him.
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