How fast is Lamar Jackson? It’s like trying to catch ‘roadrunner’

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr had watched how fast Lamar Jackson was on film and wanted to see if he could get a hand on the rookie quarterback during training camp.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Jackson broke through the middle of the line, and Carr darted toward him. Did he come close to Jackson? Carr shook his head.

“He’s like a roadrunner. His feet go so fast,” Carr said. “His vision and his feet are always on the same page. He’s out there just gliding. Some people are built like that. He has some different hamstrings or tendons down there.”

Jackson has shown a burst that’s at a different level than other NFL players. There’s fast and there’s Lamar-fast.

According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Jackson has 19 rushes over the past two weeks in which he has reached speeds of at least 15 miles per hour. That’s nine more than the next closest players, Ezekiel Elliott and Alvin Kamara.11

“We all are sports fans, and ‘speed kills’ is what they say, in any sport, really, so it’s fun to watch,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I always just go by, for any kind of ball carrier, by how many people they make miss, or changing the angles. To me, that always is the comparison when you watch them in terms of how they affect the game. I think that’s how you can judge the speed, more than how they look running.”

Jackson’s 190 yards rushing are the most through a quarterback’s first two starts in the Super Bowl era. For the two most prolific running quarterbacks in NFL history, Michael Vick had 51 yards in his first two starts and Randall Cunningham ran for 150 yards.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who faces Jackson on Sunday, believes the hardest part to prepare for is Jackson’s speed. On the Ravens’ run-option plays, Jackson has the zip to get to the edge if the defender setting the edge bites inside. On passing plays, Jackson has the explosiveness to pull down the ball and race 10 to 15 yards if defenses play man-to-man and turn their back on him.cheap nfl nike jerseys free shipping

“It’s difficult to simulate, because he has such quickness and speed, like a wide receiver or a corner has, but he’s behind center,” Quinn said. “Simulating that speed at practice, that’s the most difficult part, because you could do it with a receiver for the run plays, but it’s not as authentic, because you can’t step back and rip the passes like normal.”