Willie Snead puts it best when thinking about how bright Lamar Jackson’s future is: “I can’t even imagine.”
Jackson’s meteoric rise from the fifth quarterback taken in the 2018 draft to prohibitive MVP favorite is the biggest storyline in the NFL this season. Every game he seemingly tops himself with dazzling highlight runs and pinpoint throws.
And his veteran receiver as a front row seat for it all.
“He’s just playing the game right now,” Snead told NBC Sports Washington when comparing Jackson to his he previous quarterback, future Hall of Famer Drew Brees. “He’s so fun to watch.”
“Fun” is putting it mildly.
Snead has played in all 28 games with the Ravens since coming to Baltimore prior to the 2018 season. He’s provided valuable leadership and made big catches, while also embracing the blocking necessary from Ravens receivers in this offense.
He’s played with Drew Brees, Joe Flacco, and now, Lamar Jackson. Not only is Jackson playing at a high level, but his unique style also makes for new obstacles for Snead and the receivers.
“It’s definitely different, keeps you on your toes,” he explained. “With Lamar, you always gotta be ready, because the play’s never dead. He can make things happen.”
Perhaps the most memorable example of this, for Snead in particular, came in a road game against the Chiefs. Jackson threw up a number of prayers during the game, including one to Snead.
“Probably the Kansas City one he threw up to me,” he answered when asked about any plays that stick out. “He’s going to the right, and throws it left, all the way across the field, and trusts me to make a play. So that was probably the craziest one.”
Trust is a key word when it comes to Jackson and his receivers.
“It’s been growing,” he describes when asked about it. “After the season last year [we] talked for a little bit, and he told me what he wanted to do and how he felt about this year. I just told him ‘Bro, I’m here to help you.’ We just have to put in the time, put in the work. As you can see, it’s starting to pay off.”
You can watch Snead’s full interview with NBC Sports Washington here.
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