Footage surfaced Monday morning of Lamar Jackson taking reps at wide receiver and defensive back on a basketball court against some local players.
While Jackson looks explosive as ever in the video, not all Baltimore Ravens fans are thrilled to see their quarterback risking injury on concrete.
Throughout Jackson’s career, the football world has fantasized about his potential at other positions. The former Louisville Cardinal is way more than “athletic for a QB”––he’s one of the most dangerous ball carriers in the NFL. In 37 career starts, Jackson has already amassed 2,906 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns––even as Baltimore limits his regular season workload. Jackson averaged a stellar 6.3 yards per rushing attempt in 2020.
In the brief video, Jackson also displays his man coverage skills, jamming a receiver at the line and wowing the crowd with his physicality.
Lamar does it all 😈
MAN OF THE PEOPLE
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) July 12, 2021
The 2019 MVP isn’t particularly reckless in this footage. But the Ravens (and neutral NFL fans and observers) would be understandably upset if Jackson were to hurt himself while messing around at other positions.
— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) July 12, 2021
As he closes in on a contract worth upwards of $40M per year, Lamar Jackson probably shouldn’t be doing DB/WR drills on an asphalt basketball court. https://t.co/rhnYW2nKXI
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 12, 2021
Can someone please tell me why Lamar is playing football on concrete?? https://t.co/EHb3gcL42H
— Snowman Sports Media (@snowmansp0rts) July 12, 2021
Really cool, but really risky given that he’s negotiating a new contract https://t.co/Xna8GeazB5
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) July 12, 2021
In Lamar Jackson’s defense, plenty of others came to his defense, especially since he did not get hurt. The former MVP is under constant pressure to show off his physical gifts, as well. In 2018, one day after Baltimore selected him 32nd overall in the draft, Jackson was asked whether he’s recorded a 40-yard dash.
“4.34” was Jackson’s answer. “I ran it with turf toe, too,” he added. “So, I don’t know what I really run.”