The sheen of their upcoming prime-time clash is brilliant, but that didn’t stop either from praising the other’s talent before Sunday night.
The first was Jackson, who called the former NFL MVP, among others, “the OG – Superman”. On Thursday, it was Newton who broke down how much he respects and admires the reigning MVP’s game.
“Dude, my boy Lamar has a piece of equipment that few human beings have. And just to see it take off, I mean, I’m a fan of the game and if I watch Baltimore obviously I’m looking to see what the MVP is going to do, “said the Patriots QB. “I think for a long time, and still to this day, a lot of people don’t respect the art of being able to run, protect yourself and attack defenses in different ways. Do not take anything against anyone who cannot or does not. not decide to run but, to make it do that well and make an impact, the big splash in this game, you know, not many people have.
“I say Michael Vick, I say Lamar, I don’t even think I’m in this stratosphere, but for him being this dominant, dynamic, explosive in the quarterback position is something that gives so many opportunities to the younger generation to be able to see what Lamar Jackson is doing and to have the hope that I can play the quarterback role too. ”
Mentioning Vick and Jackson in the same breath was commonplace in 2019 when the dynamic Ravens QB set the NFL on fire with feats not seen since the former Falcons and Eagles star. A quick glance at the numbers shows just how crazy Jackson’s rise has been, especially considering where he was just two years ago.
When Newton and Jackson last shared land in 2018, many viewed the Panthers-era QB as still in a league of their own. This Week 8 clash in Carolina – a 36-21 victory for the Panthers – saw Jackson, still serving in a QB2 role, shutting the game in the trash after being used sparingly in special packages. Newton, meanwhile, has played one of his best games this season.
Fast forward to 2020, and the Jackson we see today is the type of player Newton said he saw flashes of in 2015. Jackson made his college debut that year when Louisville started his season against Auburn. , Newton’s alma mater.
“I was looking around and I was like, ‘Dude, who in the world is this kid who steals?’ I didn’t know who he was, but he was doing plays. Like, he was so electric, ”Newton remembers thinking at the time.
Similar to the QBs themselves, the Ravens and Pats sit at different ends of the spectrum as Week 10 enters, but both players’ goal will be to build on their previous week of success by using skills. that few of them have. For Newton, it will be his first real look at the man who cited him as inspiration on more than one occasion.
“For him and anyone else young guns in this league, man, I’ve always wanted to use my services [in] anyway, shape, shape possible and for him to say those words to me, that’s pretty cool, ”Newton said. But yet, he’s a person who took this league by storm and most importantly, you know, from the start of the doubt that came with it. We can all understand that we have been assisted, questioned. “Can he play? “He got written all over him,” and things like that. And, for him to succeed through it all, that makes him the true story of the underdogs we all love to cheer on. “