Earlier this week, Baltimore Ravens quarterback and former league MVP Lamar Jackson revealed that he has requested a trade away from the team.
As such, the talented Ravens QB is now on the tip of everyone’s tongues at the NFL league meetings this week, including Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
Blank, however, made some eyebrow-raising remarks when it came to Jackson, though, as he compared the signal-caller’s situation to that of Deshaun Watson, and not in a favorable light.
“Different player, different time. You have a winner (in Jackson), a MVP in the league. There’s no question he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the league.”
“Looking at it objectively I’d say there’s some concern over how long can he play his style of game. Hopefully a long time …, but he’s missed 5, 6 games each of the last two years. Each game counts a lot in our business.” [via The Athletic]
This, obviously, has angered NFL fans considering the fact that Jackson is a former Most Valuable Player while Watson was accused of sexual misconduct and/or assault by more than 20 women.
DW had multiple pending cases and had teams clamoring for him but the league is unanimously giving LJ the cold shoulder https://t.co/LfEbst0lln
— Felipe (@Dr_Delusional) March 29, 2023
Arthur Blank sounds like a moron here. What an awful answer. Lamar Jackson is a former MVP you won’t touch but you were happy to chase a rapist. Makes sense. #Falcons https://t.co/OEJ1A98Qrl
— Austin (@AustinPlanet) March 29, 2023
Every day this team attempts to drive me away from being a fan and every day I'm right back here like an idiot. https://t.co/T3ndgZbMBc
— Pancake Honcho (@snack_harlow) March 29, 2023
Furthermore is the fact that Jackson, in actuality, isn’t all that injury prone, as one Twitter user pointed out that he’s played in 85% of possible games during his five-year career in Baltimore.
Is Lamar Jackson injury prone?
Lamar Jackson has played in 85% of possible games in his first 5 seasons.
He’s missed 2 games due to illness.
He missed 1 game due to COVID.
He missed 4 games to a R ankle injury.
He missed 5 games to a L PCL knee sprain.
70/82 games = 85%… https://t.co/Sr5YxffQGk
— Jesse Morse, MD, MBA (@DrJesseMorse) March 29, 2023
Still just 26 years old, Jackson has completed 63% of his passes for 12,209 yards, 101 touchdowns, and 38 interceptions during his NFL career thus far. He’s also become one of the greatest rushing quarterbacks in the history of the game, as he’s rushed for 4,437 yards (already fifth all-time behind Michael Vick, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, and Randall Cunningham) and 24 touchdowns.
Tell that old man to sell the team https://t.co/C5JjLsxoyo
— Jack Boi 🐐 (@deejayy_x2) March 28, 2023
Really?? Mr. Blank should have sat this one out. “Each game counts.” But 20+ allegations of sexual misconduct don’t??
Take a lap. https://t.co/uVYkbTDTiY
— Mark Zinno (@MarkZinno) March 28, 2023
We have such a troll as an owner bruh https://t.co/miFC8ZaXd3
— 🅿️𝖑𝖆𝖞𝖇𝖔𝖎 🅿️𝖚𝖋𝖋𝖊𝖗𝖎𝖓𝖌 🇺🇬 (@FalconsGotNext2) March 28, 2023
At the time of this writing, Jackson remains a member of the Baltimore Ravens and it’s unclear which teams will be pursuing a trade for his services.
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