Lamar Jackson makes his National Football League position clear

by Leon Thompson March 5, 2018, 0:05
Lamar Jackson makes his National Football League position clear

Jackson, who finished his collegiate career at Louisville with 9,043 yards, 69 touchdowns and a 142.9 quarterback rating in three seasons, said he is "shocked" to hear the rumors about him playing wide receiver.

"No team has asked me to play wide receiver", Jackson said Friday at the Indianapolis Convention Center.

"I'm strictly quarterback", he said once.

But it was as baffling to the 2016 Heisman Trophy victor as to anyone else when he finally got his chance to speak.

Jackson, though, was much more explosive than Allen was in his drops, consistently getting 7 yards deep on five-step drills whereas Allen made up for his poorer footwork with his superior arm strength. Polian suggested Jackson should make the switch sooner than did Terrelle Pryor, the ex-Ohio State QB who switched to wide receiver at age 26.

"No sir. I'm a quarterback", he said. "I know they want to feed their family", Jackson said. I'm here now. I'm at the combine. I'm here now. I'm happy to be here. "It just motivates me to go out there and show my ability".

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Jackson was extremely likeable in his 15-minute interview with reporters. He has an unrivaled athletic ability and comes from a program that prepared him for National Football League offenses and his career will hinge largely on who drafts him and the coaches he'll have to work with.

Luckily, some of the brightest minds in the game like Chiefs coach Andy Reid and Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome have said they have absolutely no interest in the ludicrous notion of seeing Jackson work out as a pass catcher.

"I have a guy", Jackson said.

"I'm mobile, I can hit any target on the field", Jackson said. "I think that would be great, especially in my situation, coming and learning from somebody who has been successful at that level, just trying to learn the ins and outs of the game and what they have done to be successful".

Eagles defensive end Chris Long tweeted: "If I'm LJ and a team asked me to work out at WR, I wouldn't want to play for that team". I feel like I'm a field general. "I love those boys - Jarvis Landry, that would be a great offense". "It may look like it, but I'm not". He listed Brady and Cam Newton - "Superheroes", he called them - as two quarterbacks he loves to emulate and watch and learn from. In Bucky Brooks' draft board, Jackson will be selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 29. When you're a rookie draft prospect you hire an agent, when you come to the combine you participate, and when you get drafted you play whatever position you're told, because you're a player and not a coach.

Jackson told Josina Anderson of ESPN that he will represent himself, with his mother serving not as an agent but as a manager. "I don't know where that even comes from".

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