The Baltimore Ravens have seen quarterback Lamar Jackson grow and flourish ever since he was selected with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. He’s turned into one of the brightest young stars in the NFL, as is evidenced by his immense success both as a thrower and as a runner.
Despite his successes, Jackson gets criticized to an outrageous extent on a daily basis. On Monday, Mike Sando of The Athletic put out an article placing the NFL’s quarterbacks into tiers. For Jackson, one anonymous current NFL defensive coordinator offered a harsh opinion on the quarterback, saying he’ll never be “a one” at the position. NBA star LeBron James caught wind of it, and defended Jackson on Instagram.
LeBron isn’t putting up with the latest Lamar slander. 👏 pic.twitter.com/dtPx5WFipZ
— Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) July 26, 2022
An anonymous defensive coordinator told @SandoNFL that Lamar Jackson will “… never be a [Tier] 1 as a quarterback.”
That didn’t sit well with LeBron James.https://t.co/dyVSY5C1Yt pic.twitter.com/SQzXqpZhAK
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) July 25, 2022
Jackson has proven himself as a quarterback time and time again, yet some still aren’t sold on the former league-MVP as a player who can have sustained success at the NFL level throwing the football. He is excellent from the pocket, has a strong arm, is able to place great touch on his deep throws and much more.
Jackson appeared on James’ show “The Shop”, where the two were able to discuss topics important to them. James defending Jackson on Instagram is the latest example of a high-profile athlete appreciating the quarterback’s success, which is another great stamp of approval.