Lamar Jackson on playing wide receiver in the NFL: It’s crazy

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Lamar Jackson had a message for his skeptics who think the record-breaking Louisville quarterback should switch to wide receiver in the NFL.

One of the biggest storylines of the 2018 NFL Draft is former Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson and his future in the NFL. The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner put up record-breaking numbers during his three years at Louisville but heading into the NFL Scouting Combine, there were many skeptical his success at the college level would translate to the NFL and he should make a position switch to wide receiver.

The justification for such a ridiculous assertion was that Jackson came from a simple offense and his slight build make ideally suited as a receiver, a position he’s never played in his life. Anyone who watched Jackson at Louisville for five minutes knows the type of rare and special talent that Jackson is with the ball in his hands as a runner and as an improving passer. The notion he must work out at receiver at the combine has racial undertones, but the larger point is it suggests Jackson is unable to improve under NFL coaching and playing experience.

It’s really the most ridiculous storyline so far in the pre-draft season and Jackson thinks it’s crazy too. When asked about the notion he should switch positions, Jackson shut down that as quickly as he torched defenders with his flick of a wrist deep passes or jukes in the open field.

“I’m strictly a quarterback, Jackson said at the NFL Combine on Friday.

Pressed further if he thought the position switch talk was disrespectful, Jackson didn’t hold back.

“Yeah, it’s crazy, he said. I thought I did a good job at quarterback.”

The draft is such an inexact science that none of us know if Jackson is going to be an All-Pro quarterback or if he’s going to be a bust. However, I do know that I’m not going to bet against Jackson. He has an unrivaled athletic ability and comes from a program that prepared him for NFL offenses and his career will hinge largely on who drafts him and the coaches he’ll have to work with.

Let the haters talk all they want because one thing is clear, they won’t be playing on Sundays and Jackson will, as a quarterback.

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