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  2. LAMAR JACKSON NOT GETTING HIS DUE It's uncommon for a returning Heisman Trophy winner to barely register a blip on the radar when it comes to discussions about the top prospects at his position, but that's the situation Lamar Jacksonseems to find himself in. Despite having a better season in 2017 than he did in his award-winning 2016 campaign, the Louisville standout is routinely cited as an afterthought in the vaunted potential 2018 quarterback class. Why? Why isn't there more love for a spectacular athlete with 114 total touchdowns (65 passing; 49 rushing scores) and gradually improving completion rates as a passer? I place UCLA's Josh Rosen and USC's Sam Darnold in the top tier of college QBs, but after those two, Jackson deserves to be in the mix with QBs who seem to be receiving more buzz than Jackson, like Wyoming's Josh Allen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. When I've discussed Jackson with scouting colleagues, I've heard him described as a "wow" athlete with intriguing talent. An AFC scout told me that he is a "create-a-player" playmaker with a set of skills that are typically associated with five-star players in video games. On the other hand, I've had plenty of scouts tell me that Jackson is more of a thrower than a passer and his sub-60 percent completion rate (59.8 percent this season) reflects his struggles with accuracy and ball placement. In a league where passers are coveted at a premium, it's hard to sell an athletic quarterback with a run-first game to scouts and coaches looking for a polished pocket passer. That's why I wanted to check back in with Jackson to see if he has made enough progress as a passer to warrant consideration as a potential franchise quarterback at the next level. After studying the All-22 coaches' footage, I believe Jackson is an exceptional athlete with a combination of speed, explosiveness and burst that is hard to find in a quarterback. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound junior is a dynamic runner with a slippery running style that makes him nearly impossible to corral in the pocket. He excels on designed runs (QB draws, sweeps and zone-read plays) and is a defensive coordinator's nightmare as an improvisational playmaker. Jackson's average of 6.8 yards per carry this season is nearly a yard better than his average from his Heisman campaign. He has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons as a runner while scoring 28 rushing touchdowns. Skeptics worry about his frame, but he is noticeably bigger and thicker than a season ago. That's helped him become a more physical and effective runner on the perimeter. As a passer, Jackson displays outstanding arm strength and range. He can push the ball down the field as an effective vertical passer on post and go routes. Although he struggles a bit with his ball placement and accuracy on home-run balls due to his shoddy footwork and fundamentals, Jackson has the capacity to strike up the band as a long-ball tosser. On short and intermediate throws, his struggles with inconsistency are also due to his unpolished mechanics. Jackson misses the mark on outside throws, particularly comebacks and deep outs beyond 12-15 yards. He frequently misses high and wide on those throws, which is largely due to his failure to properly step into his passes. Jackson is at his best when throwing isolation routes (seams and skinny posts) or simple reads (slants-flats; stick-go and curl-flat). Offensive coordinators will feature those concepts prominently in spread offenses, but NFL coordinators typically opt for full-field reads or pure progression concepts that require the quarterback to tie his eyes to his feet in the pocket. Thus, Jackson still has a ways to go as a passer before convincing traditional play callers that he can fill the role as a high-end QB1. That doesn't mean that Jackson shouldn't be considered a top prospect at his position. We've seen more NFL teams implement spread systems with simplistic reads if the quarterback flashes exceptional playmaking ability as a dual-threat (see Deshaun Watson, Cam Newton and Russell Wilson). With that in mind, it wouldn't surprise me to see a team place a solid grade on Jackson that reflects his potential to be a franchise QB. -- Bucky Brooks http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000881193/article/mts-notes-biggest-nfl-draft-risers-scouting-lamar-jackson
  3. Turkey Day Football Games Thread.

    Most Giants games are.
  4. Turkey Day Football Games Thread.

    What an f'ing snorefest!
  5. Turkey Day Football Games Thread.

    Former NY Jets coaches all over the league in todays games.
  6. Cant wait to hear about the insane potential hack and petty have when they are on another roster Sent from my LGUS991 using JetNation.com mobile app
  7. Turkey Day Football Games Thread.

    Keenum has 2 elite recievers, a very good tight end and a legit oline. Cousins has no recievers, his tight end never plays and the entire offensive line is hurt.
  8. Which is why overpaying either (or McCown) makes way less sense than drafting the QB of the future. Watching "Narcos" to fight off the tryptophan.
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  10. Turkey Day Football Games Thread.

    Watching the Giants game tonight proves the point. Does Cousins really look that much better than Keenum? The key is getting a player in harmony with the right offense and going from there. You can’t fully judge a QB after four games with an OC who doesn’t fully believe in him.
  11. Turkey Day Football Games Thread.

    Anyone who pays Kirk Cousins deserves to be .500 for eternity.
  12. Turkey Day Football Games Thread.

    Lol. Love the social media posts now with “what’s wrong with Dak?” Maybe he’s just not that good? 🤷‍♂️
  13. Turkey Day Football Games Thread.

    The Giants are bad but Snacks is still very good.
  14. That's actually the Jets job description for qb... apart from the money business.
  15. Chiefs sign Revis

    Operation Homefront http://www.operationhomefront.org
  16. Movies We've Seen Thread

    Glad to see RT was wrong on Justice League. It was a good movie. Flash was my favorite character.
  17. Turkey Day Football Games Thread.

    They’re nothing without Zeke
  18. Because Misery Loves Company...

    Bump... Who is onboard? Go Skins... crush the Gints!
  19. Pretty sure that’s our very own August
  20. He has physical tools but not the mind. Career backup.
  21. This article was good for a laugh ... Geno has a slow elongated release and inadequate ability to read defenses. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  22. I’m not even sure how you pitch something like this to an editor.
  23. Chiefs sign Revis

    Absolutely..... but the special carve out for Revis is short sighted in my view. he had 2 good years for us and we act like he is Namath. Its a business ... so I treat him like an employee who left, came back and we have so little to show for it. FUKK HIM.
  24. Chiefs sign Revis

    On second thought how about making a charitable donation to an organization of my choice and then showing me the receipt.
  25. Chiefs sign Revis

    Remember, if Geno paid his debts, Ryan would never have touched a football for the Jets. Therefore, Geno screwed is much worse than Fitz
  26. Chiefs sign Revis

    Ok, I’ll get the payment out as soon as I get it
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