Before the 2019 season, Jackson was brutally criticized for his “lack of throwing ability.” By the end of the season, many wonder how that was ever in question. The r/nfl subreddit of reddit.com was no different, and yet here Lamar Jackson tops their list of Top 100 NFL players of 2019.
The subreddit is home to 1.9 million subscribers and boasts enough activity during the Super Bowl to crash the website’s servers in years past. It’s where I learned to love writing and talking football many years ago, in fact.
Now, these aren’t experts but they are dedicated fans. They also went through strong methodology to bring reasonable results. I highly recommend checking out the methodology as it’s a solid structure any media outlet would be proud of.
And where did it place Jackson? As I said above, it placed him first in the NFL.
The write up for Jackson is a treat. And for it being written by an individual under the username /u/UnbiasedBrownsFan, provides great analysis and commentary from a person not rooting for the Ravens. Below is /u/UnbiasedBrownsFan’s intro, but I strongly urge you to read the entire write up.
You’ve made it, the top of the list, the crème de la crème. Lamar Motherfuckin’ Jackson. It’s difficult to put into words what exactly makes Lamar Jackson special. Some of the words I’ve used to describe him include: “Holy Fuck” “What the Hell” “You’ve got to be shitting me” Basically, it’s the return of the “Ah, wait, no way, you’re kidding. He didn’t just do what I think he did, did he?” The likes of which we haven’t seen since the Michael Vick days in Madden 04 but if we turned him up to about 17. Coming into the season Lamar had the weight of the Ravens franchise on his shoulders and constant pressure from critics who didn’t believe he could cut it as a quarterback. Well, the jokes were on them because he spent literally all of 2019 cutting it up and down the field.
And whether he was tormenting opposing teams on the field, or just torturing me in my own personal dreamscape, it truly felt like Lamar Jackson was everywhere last season. And perhaps he was? No. That must have been a dream. Virtual Reality Lamar Jackson can’t hurt you. But he still possessed the uncanny ability to feed a grown man into the dirt and had an unnerving knack for inserting IV drips directly into the lives of opposing linemen. And it is because of this that Jackson has become a man to be feared among NFL circles. And it was that same sheer force of will that engineered Jackson’s brilliant 2019 season.