The NFL Hall of Fame game is an annual affair that opens the league’s preseason festivities by commemorating the inductees in Canton, Ohio. The game itself is usually pretty milquetoast, a fact we’re reminded of about five minutes into watching future practice squad members (if they’re lucky) march across the field on each other in the hopes of impressing their coaching staff and front office.
Occasionally though, the match-up is worth tuning into. For example, those that watched in the year 2000 got to see a rookie quarterback named Tom Brady get his first ever league action when the Patriots played the 49ers in the exhibition.
Another rookie passer will be playing in his first NFL exhibition on Thursday when the Ravens and the Bears play. That man, of course, is former Louisville Cardinal, Lamar Jackson, who has generated as much, if not more national media buzz than any player on Baltimore’s roster in the past five years.
As a result, many people will be tuning into this one for the sole purpose of watching Lamar play, which does beg a certain question. How much of him do you want to see against Chicago?
Conventional wisdom would say as much as possible. After all, Lamar’s national attention is warranted as he’s arguably the most electric college football player of all time and he certainly has a chance to be very fun to watch.
However, there is an argument to be made that you don’t want to overexpose him in his first ever NFL game. Would it be smarter to simply get him some good reps and call it a day as there will still be four preseason games to get him some time?
Personally, I’d like to see as much of Lamar as possible; I don’t feel that he’s going to get a ton of run in the regular season so I’d like to get an idea of him as an NFL player. Regardless, I’m excited to see the action he gets regardless of how much it ultimately is.
How much of Lamar Jackson do you want to see in the HOF game?
This poll is closed
As much as possible
A few quarters
A few series
None; let RG3 and Woodrum light it up as usual