Lamar Jackson wants Cam Newton’s jersey as the present and future collide
Lamar Jackson and Cam Newton share a mutual respect.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is already being idolized by one of the premier rookies in the game. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had some high praise for Newton as the ravens prepare for the Panthers on Sunday.
Jackson has had a tremendous week, scoring his first touchdown in the National Football League on Sunday. Now he wants to add another accolade to his collection. The former Louisville Cardinal great wants to add Newton’s jersey to a trophy case which will surely grow over the next couple of years.
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Jackson met with the media on Thursday and discussed what the Panthers signal-caller meant to him. It is safe to say that Newton has had a big impact on the rookie. Furthermore, the veteran is impressed with Jackson. Newton had nothing but nice things to say about the quarterback earlier in the week to the media. Jackson appreciated the comments.
"“That’s pretty cool though. That’s my guy. I used to watch him back at Auburn. That’s my Heisman brother. I need his jersey after the game, so get this to him too. I need it. Man cave.”"
I see a lot of Cam Newton in Lamar Jackson. Jackson is a guy that has a strong arm and can run. Those two traits alone Newton so successful at Auburn and has carried him to success in the National Football League. In the meantime, Jackson could not have come into the league at a better time. The era of the mobile quarterback is alive and well, and Jackson possesses both tremendous speed and a strong arm. Sometimes, his arm gets the better of him, but he will learn to manage it in time.
Playing behind Joe Flacco, Jackson has yet to see a lot of playing time. He has made the most of his opportunities however showing that at least for the moment, he can be very effective running the football. He has completed two-of-six passes for 29 yards. On the ground, he has rushed the ball 20 times for 103 yards. At the very least, he has given us a glimpse into what the future of the Baltimore Ravens may look like.
It will certainly be fun to see the two eras collide. Jackson certainly has the talent to be a major factor in the National Football League. I was really high on him in college, and he is one of my favorite players to watch due to the skill set he brings to the table. It will be interesting to see if he can translate that into the professional ranks.