Are Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen actually
Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen both were qb’s drafted in the
first round of 2018, and both had similar questions coming out of the
draft. They both had sub 60% completion
percentages coming out of college and both heavily rely on their running
ability to produce and win games for their teams.
They both are on their third seasons and while they look
like they will be starters for years to come I still am quite skeptical of them
as quality starters in this league.
They both have been able to improve their completion rates
in the pros over college, something that is very rare; however they have both
struggled mightily against the nfl’s top teams.
1. Can they beat the
As of right now the answer is no, both the Bills and Ravens
can’t beat the Chiefs or right now and it will be interesting to see what kind
of a game Lamar has against an elite Pittsburgh defense.
2. Are they good
This one is so-so Jackson has had some bad games passing this
year (51% against Cincy and 53% vs KC) and I think he’s an average passer at
best, he could end up being kind of like Michael Vick, where he looks really
good early in his career where he can still run a lot but then so-so as the
years go on. As for Allen I don’t think he is, his passing was solid early last
year but then his percentage declined as the season went on. There was MVP talk early this year but now
the Bills look to be regressing from their typical super September, he like
Jackson relies heavily on his running ability to compensate for his passing and
much of the last 3 games have been pretty poor despite only one game being a
sub 60% game.
3. Can they stay
As of right now the answer has been yes. I have real concerns about Allen though, as his
style of running welcomes injury, constantly taking on tackles and
defenders. Jackson seems to be smarter
in his running ability but with how many rush attempts he takes you have to
wonder if he can keep that going, a torn ACL and he very easily could never be
the same much like RG3.
Both have been able to produce solid regular season results
so far in their careers, but games against the better teams or playoffs have
been struggles. I believe that both of
their lack of ability to be solid passers is beginning to show more and in the
long run it could change their standing in the league. The Ravens and Bills will both make the
playoffs on talent alone though at least this year, especially since the Bills
are in probably the second worst division in the NFL.
Both qbs as of right now seem to be signal callers for years
to come, but I don’t think either has really accomplished enough to say they’re
going to be shoe in elite qbs, yes Jackson was MVP last year but how did he do
in the playoffs last year? If Allen
returns to more like his college self which is somewhat looking like it these
last 3 games, he will just be a middle of the road qb, the Bills season is
toast if he goes down on a run that’s for sure.
Stats Courtesy: ESPN, Pro Football Reference