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'Playoff play!' Michael Vick on what Lamar Jackson needs to improve this season

'Playoff play!' Michael Vick on what Lamar Jackson needs to improve this season

Entering into his third season in the NFL, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has drawn an abundance of comparisons to NFL legend Michael Vick. 

The speed, accuracy and big-play ability are just a few of the similar traits between the two transcendent players.

Recently, Vick joined the Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer, where he discussed the highs and lows of his NFL career but also gave his insight on the future of the league: Lamar Jackson.

"What's one thing the league MVP needs to improve on this season?" Custer asked.

"Playoff play!" Vick said. "Last year was a bit disappointing in the playoffs because I knew the Baltimore Ravens would be in the AFC Championship game and that game just didn’t look good."

"Lamar is very accurate, his mental retention is through the roof," Vick said. "He’s a guy you can win with."

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In the AFC Divisional playoffs, Jackson went 31 of 59 for 365 yards, had 20 carries for 143 yards, and he added a 15-yard TD pass to Hayden Hurst. But obviously the Ravens lost.

Jackson joined Peter King on a recent episode of The Peter King Podcast in which he talked about getting the Ravens over the playoff hump.

"I just want win Super Bowls," Jackson said. "...Playoffs is different from the regular season ... because it’s win or go home. And I’m tired of going home."

"I just can’t wait to get back in that same spot and perform at a whole ‘nother level," Jackson said.

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If faced with a 4th and 10 situation in Madden, Lamar Jackson says he's taking Michael Vick

If faced with a 4th and 10 situation in Madden, Lamar Jackson says he's taking Michael Vick

In a 4th and 10 situation down six points with one minute to go, Lamar Jackson knows which quarterback he’s taking.

The Baltimore Ravens star quarterback responded to a tweet from SportsCenter, which asked who fans would choose in Madden if faced with this situation: Michael Vick in 2004, Peyton Manning in 2006, Tom Brady in 2008 or Patrick Mahomes in 2020. Jackson picked Vick without hesitation.

Vick’s Madden NFL 2004 rating and skills revolutionized the game and were considered a “cheat code” at the time. As the cover athlete playing for the Atlanta Falcons, he earned a 95 rating overall with a 95 in speed, 95 in agility, 94 in acceleration, 97 in throwing power and 84 in throwing accuracy. His player that year was considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in Madden history.

Jackson acknowledged the strength of Vick’s player that year despite his underrated 95 score and chose him over Brady, Manning and Mahomes who were all rated a 99 in their respective years. 

The 2019 NFL MVP and Madden 21 cover athlete commented on his own rating of 94 overall recently saying, "I wish it was better."

Vick and Jackson have been compared to one another on multiple occasions for their similar run-first mentality. Jackson broke Vick’s record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season last December.

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The 10 best college quarterbacks to play at DC, Maryland or Virginia schools

The 10 best college quarterbacks to play at DC, Maryland or Virginia schools

College football may not be as ingrained in the culture of the DMV as it is in the south or the midwest, but we still have had our fair share of elite talent and it all starts under center. Some of the biggest name quarterbacks in the sport's history have played at local schools. Here are the ten best.

10. Ricky Dobbs (Navy)

A rare dual-threat quarterback for Navy, Dobbs helped the Midshipmen earn back-to-back wins over Notre Dame. In his senior season, Dobbs threw for 1,527 yards and rushed for 967. He was a perfect 4-0 against Army.

9. Malcolm Perry (Navy)

Keenan Reynolds may boast the record for most rushing yards for a quarterback, but even he did not have a season like Perry's 2019 in which he rushed for 2,017 yards. Perry only really took over as the quarterback in his senior season which begs the question just how many yards he could have racked up for his career had he taken the starting job earlier?

8. Matt Schaub (Virginia)

When Schaub finished his college career, he had 23 school records with Virginia. He was named the 2002 ACC Player of the Year and still holds the ACC record for completion percentage with 67.0.

7. Boomer Esiason (Maryland)

Maryland was the only school to offer Esiason a scholarship and he certainly made the most of it. By the time he left for the NFL, he had set 17 school records.

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6. Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech)

Taylor was supposed to redshirt his sophomore season in 2008, but when Virginia Tech lost its season opener to East Carolina, Taylor’s redshirt was pulled and he helped lead the Hokies to a 10-4 overall record and an ACC title. Virginia Tech won three conference titles in Taylor’s four years in Blacksburg and by the time he was done, he had school records in wins, passing yards and total offense. He accounted for 66 total touchdowns and earned ACC Player of the Year honors in 2010.

5. Shawn Moore (Virginia)

The only Virginia quarterback to have his number retired, Moore is the best quarterback in UVA history. His best season came in 1990 when he led the ACC in pass completion percentage (59.8), passing touchdowns (21) and total yards (2,568). He also led the nation in passing yards per attempt (9.4) and quarterback rating (160.7). Not surprisingly, he was named the ACC Player of the Year for 1990. He would finish fourth on the Heisman ballot for that year.

4. Jack Scarbath (Maryland)

Byrd Stadium is the house that Scarbath built. Literally, he was a construction worker and helped pour the cement for the Stadium in his freshman year. The Hall of Fame quarterback helped lead Maryland to a 10-0 record in 1951, his junior season, and an unclaimed national title. He was the runner-up for the Heisman the following season.

3. Keenan Reynolds (Navy)

Reynolds is in the record book for the most rushing touchdowns (88) and most rushing yards for a quarterback (4,559). Those are national records, not school ones. In his time with Navy, he led the Midshipmen to a 7-1 record against the other service academies, including four wins against Army.

2. Michael Vick (Virginia Tech)

To some, Vick’s legal history is enough to remove him from this list. From a pure talent perspective, however, few players in the history of college football were as dynamic. Vick helped lead the Hokies to their only national title berth and could have been one of the all-time greats of the sport had he not left for the NFL after his sophomore year. Think of all the highlights we have of just two years of Vick under center. Imagine what he could have done with four.

1. Roger Staubach (Navy)

Staubach is the only service academy quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy. He did it in 1963, passing for over 1,400 yards. He is one of only four players in history to win both a Heisman Trophy and a Super Bowl MVP.

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