Through the first two weeks of the 2019 NFL season, no one has put the league on notice quite like Baltimore Ravens signal-caller Lamar Jackson. Through two games, both of which were victories, Jackson has been historic, posting 596 yards and 7 touchdowns through the air to go with 126 yards rushing.
There was no shortage of skepticism around Jackson’s play style and another one of the league’s best dual-threat quarterbacks ever can relate to the naysayers Jackson has to face on a daily basis. TMZ Sports recently caught up with Michael Vick and asked him his thoughts on Jackson’s early success. Of course, Vick and Jackson have been compared numerous times thanks to their scorching speed and playmaking ability when on the run.
“I think they’re good comparisons man. If anybody looking like me, it’s Lamar,” Vick told TMZ. “That’s a dangerous man behind center.”
“Keep doing what you’re doing, don’t change nothing… You don’t go out and throw five touchdown passes and call it [a fluke],” Vick said.
“I’m excited for the guy. He’s going to be hard to deal with for a long time.”
With less than a full season of starting experience under his belt, Lamar Jackson has already become a handful to deal with in just his second professional campaign. Once seen as a homerun threat every play with his legs, Jackson’s offseason work has also turned him into an incredibly lethal passer. Including last season, Jackson is now 8-1 as Baltimore’s starting quarterback.
Jackson’s arm has been on full display through the first two weeks of the NFL season, following up a historic 5-touchdown performance in Week 1 with 272 yards on 24-37 passing and two touchdowns against Arizona this past Sunday. Jackson was electric on the ground too, racking up 120 yards on 16 carries.
Most importantly, the Ravens currently sit atop the AFC North with a 2-0 record and have been one of the league’s most complete teams early on. With all eyes on him, Jackson is already making an early push for that MVP trophy and with Vick’s stamp of approval, the sky is the limit for the 22-year-old quarterback. Jackson and his Ravens travel to Arrowhead Stadium for a must-see Week 3 matchup against Patrick Mahomes and the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs.