The Baltimore Ravens selected the dynamic dual-threat quarterback with the final first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and I think it’s safe to say they couldn’t be happier two seasons into his career.
Jackson played his college ball at Louisville, leaving a legacy like no other. The 2016 Heisman trophy winner started all three seasons at his alma mater, putting up video game stats along with highlight-reel plays night in and night out. Excluding his freshman year, Jackson put up 7,203 passing yards, 3,172 rushing yards, 96 touchdowns, and carried Louisville to a 17-9 record through his final two seasons with the team.
Lamar Jackson is one of, if not the, most dynamic players I have ever watched in college football. He was must-see TV, the type of player that can turn nothing into something, and have the potential to score on any given play. He was a nightmare matchup who will put any given player on the wrong side of a viral highlight play.
Coming out of college, Lamar Jackson had many doubters. Some said he didn’t have the arm talent to make the necessary throws required in the NFL, while some even went as far as saying Jackson would be better off switching positions for a better NFL chance, such as wide receiver. These doubters were justified by the fact that Jackson completed his final season with a 59% completion percentage, coming in at 71st overall in college football that season, but Jackson possesses a quick release, along with arm strength that can sling it with big downfield play potential. Jackson could’ve switched to receiver, and even played it pretty damn well, but he bet on himself, even denying to run the 40-yard dash at the combine to make the statement he is indeed a quarterback, and the Raven’s took the chance.
Just as a side-note, Jackson denied to run the 40, but he claims he’d run a 4.34 if timed. That’d be one of the fastest in the league.
Lamar Jackson isn’t an elite thrower, but he is an elite athlete, and can extend and make plays with his legs like no other, providing the team that drafted him an opportunity to create a dynamic offense. The Ravens have done exactly that.
Jackson got the starting nod at quarterback last season during week eleven, leading the Ravens to a 6-1 record in his time, along with a 17-23 loss to the Chargers in the AFC Wild Card game. He finished his first season with 1,201 passing yards, 695 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns along with only 3 interceptions in 7 games started. Heading into the offseason, the Ravens were committed to Jackson as the starter but knew he had to improve on his 58% completion percentage. The Ravens made some moves, bringing in safety Earl Thomas on defense, and running back Mark Ingram, rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown, and rookie tight end Mark Andrews on offense, while coach John Harbaugh seemingly improved his offensive playbook to cater towards Lamar Jackson’s abilities.
Season two has exceeded everyone’s expectations. Lamar Jackson, although still needing improvement, has elevated his passing ability to a respectable level while the Raven’s and coach Harbaugh have put Jackson in the perfect situation to prosper. Through week seven, Jackson has 1,650 passing yards, 576 rushing yards, and 14 touchdowns, while increasing his completion percentage to 63% and leading the Raven’s to a 5-2 record, putting himself in the MVP conversation in his first full season.
Lamar Jackson is electric. I personally believe he will become the best quarterback out of the loaded 2018 draft, and has the potential to change how NFL offenses work. He lights up scorecards and highlight tapes, he silences doubters, he works on his game, he isn’t afraid, and plays with heart. That, to me, is a recipe for success, and danger (in the good way). Jackson is ascending fast, and so far it not only looks like the Raven’s have their franchise quarterback, but that the rest of the NFL has a new problem.
Description: In this episode we give our final season predictions for the Giants and Jets. We also discuss the Mets chances of making the wildcard, how the Zeke’s contract affects Saquon Barkley, and what we expect from Bell week 1. All that and more New York sports.
After week one of the preseason, the Saints fall short to the Vikings; the final score was 34 to 25. However, we did see several standouts during the game.
One player who seemly sealed up his first string spot was rookie Center Erik McCoy. The pass protection overall was absolutely great with McCoy standing out. Although, there was sack trouble when the second and third stringers came into the game. This was particularly on Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater during the first half.
Another player who was trying to earn a second string spot behind Tight End Jared Cook is Dan Arnold. With less than a minute in the first half, Bridgewater connects with Arnold for 6. That was easily his best play all game.
On the contrary, early in the 3rd quarter, he couldn’t hold onto a short pass from Taysom Hill, leading to a pick 6 for the Vikings. It looked as if he “tossed” it to the rookie Vikings Cornerback Nate Meadors.
Just to reassure everybody, the whole special teams unit hasn’t lost a single step. Wil Lutz nailed all four of his field goals, even a 52 yarder as his longest for the night. Thomas Morstead had two punts totaling 91 yards with 45.5 as an average.
There were also two breakout returners, Cyril Grayson Jr. and Deonte Harris. Grayson Jr. had two returns for 61 yards with an average of 30.5 yards a return. Harris, however, had an overall better game, returning wise. He has three returns for 90 yards, 30 yards a return.
Saints wide reciever Michael Thomas has been offered a new, record breaking contract extension, yet Thomas wants more..
Thomas’ camp have recieved an $18 to $19 million dollar a year contract extension. The exact price was yet to be released but Thomas is looking to become the first $20 million dollar a year reciever.
This shows that Thomas and the Saints’ GM Mickey Loomis aren’t far apart in the negotiation process.
Michael Thomas was a 2nd round selection and the 6th reciever taken off the board. Corey Coleman, Will Fuller, Josh Doctson, Laquon Treadwell and Sterling Shepard were the 5 recievers before him. Thomas has obviously proven he was the best reciever in that draft class.
Every year before the NFL’s activities begin, fans speculate what teams will make a surprise run and improve drastically from the season prior. Whether it’s a wild card team ready to take the leap and become a Super Bowl contender, a mediocre club trying to at least get a spot on the playoff bracket, or a squad that is just attempting to get out of the top 10 draft selections. Media and fans alike seem to label these teams in any sport as a sleeper. In the NFL especially, there seems to be 2 or 3 teams that leap over expectations by the end of the season. The 2018 Chicago Bears and Houston Texans are prime examples of this. Both teams that didn’t have playoff aspirations but ended up dominating professional football and earning a top 4 seed while beating out guys like Aaron Rodgers and Andrew luck in their respective divisions. So as the anticipated football season creeps closer to arriving, let’s look at 3 teams that have a genuine chance at proving doubters wrong in 2019.
Honorable Mentions: Falcons and Jaguars
I expect the Falcons and Jaguars to bounce back from their forgettable 2018 seasons. Many people seem to agree on that. NFL Analysts believe in the Falcons gifted talent on the offensive side and in a rebound year for Sacksonville with a Super Bowl MVP behind the west coast offense. The Falcons and Jaguars are NOT looked at as sleeper teams in my opinion. Most believe that both teams will return to playoff form and have seemed to forgotten about the 2018 mishaps.
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Matt Patricia knows that his only head coaching opportunity may be tarnished if he doesn’t show he can win this year. Matt Stafford knows that he can’t keep going 6-10 or 7-9 throughout his career and expect to be the long term solution for his team anymore. Lions management knows that they must put pressure on those two because they have surrounded them with the power to win. Kenny Golladay is arguably professional football’s most under rated receiver with his mouth dropping catches. Trey Flowers and Damon Harrison will terminate the opponents run game while Darius Slay will demonstrate he is still the supreme corner of the NFC North. The Lions have also finally given Stafford a run game to back him up with the Kerryon Johnson and CJ Anderson duo. Marvin Jones Junior, Danny Amendola, and T.J Hockenson also give the Lions a efficient receiving core. With chips on their back and undervalued players, Detroit fans may finally be able to see their team with a heartbeat in January.
Cam Newton has had a odd career. Since his junior year in 2013, Cam and friends have had a winning record every other season. Carolina looks like the premier team in the NFC one year, while the other they are just trying to claw their way to a .500 record. Well this is the year that the Panthers will once again become a playoff team. Mcaffery has emerged as a top 5 back, Cam will become a healthy elite again, and Luke Keuchly will hold the defense together to compete with other highly praised offenses. I could defintley foresee the Panthers dropping a bomb on the NFC South with their first division win since the 2015 Super Bowl run.
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The Jets are finally ready to get back to competing against playoff teams for the first time since the early part of the infamous Rex Ryan era. Sam Darnold will mold into a pro bowl quarterback in his sophomore season under Adam Gase’s intellect that he will provide to the offense. Any of Darnold’s growth mistakes will be covered up with a comeback player of the year performance from Le’Veon Bell leading to a more balanced offense. Don’t forget about the speedy Robby Anderson that always seems to be lurking down the field as well. Also, the Jets got the move of the offseason with the signing of C.J. Mosley. He will pair up with Jamal Adams to shape their defense into a commanding force. Just to top the mountain, the Jets formed a solid draft that should set the foundation on the defensive line with the selections of Quinnen Williams and Jachai Polite for years. The Jets have talent everywhere but are overlooked since the Patriots are a guaranteed lock to win the division. I’m not saying the Jets will be the kings of the AFC East, however I see them beating New England once and securing a 5th seed.
In this episode we take a segment from our 2019 Fantasy Football WR busts episode. We discuss our thoughts on Kennan Allen and why he will bust in 2019. We bring up his stats from prior years and interpret in a way so the viewer can understand. Don’t miss the debates and the information only the Time Skew podcast can deliver you to help you win your fantasy football championship! Connect with the show!
On this episode we unveil our early 2019 fantasy football running back (RB) rankings! We discuss our 11 through 24 RB rankings and give analysis on each player. When we rank these players we take many things into account including draft value and what we project for 2019. The 11 through 24 RB’s are critical to your success. Drafting the wrong player can take you out of the running for a championship. Make sure you subscribe and hear the next episode and many more so you can win your league!