OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Michael Vick believes Lamar Jackson has an opportunity to finish his profession with probably the most speeding yards of any NFL quarterback.
However Vick, who set the usual for operating quarterbacks within the league, did supply some advice to the Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback: “Proceed with warning.”
Jackson won his first two NFL begins primarily with his legs, operating a complete of 37 instances. His 26 rushes in his first begin have been probably the most by a quarterback within the Tremendous Bowl period.
Vick thinks the optimum variety of runs for Jackson is 10 or 12.
“With quarterbacks, we’re not used to getting hit on a regular basis,” Vick informed ESPN on Tuesday. “After we do it, it may well both get you into the sport or it may well shake you up somewhat bit. It isn’t like a man sitting within the pocket, you run the danger of getting injured. I am not saying that ought to deter Lamar or scare him; I am simply saying proceed with warning.”
Vick by no means ran the ball greater than 15 instances in a sport. He had solely double-digit carries in 25 of his 143 video games.
However Vick acknowledged that his 873 runs took a cumulative toll on him.
“In a while in my profession, I did really feel it extra,” stated Vick, who’s now the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Soccer. “It took an extended time for my legs to come again. Six-thousand yards are quite a bit, however I am within the file books.”
Vick feels Jackson compares to him greater than some other quarterback. In Vick’s view, Jackson has the identical stature, pace and intangibles as him, not like different present operating quarterbacks like Cam Newton or Russell Wilson.
Jackson has an opportunity to play in Vick’s outdated stomping grounds in Atlanta on Sunday. Group sources do not count on Joe Flacco to observe this week due to a hip harm, paving the best way for Jackson to begin once more.
In Flacco’s absence, Jackson ran for 190 yards in his first two begins, probably the most by a quarterback within the Tremendous Bowl period. Vick, who owns the file with 6,109 yards speeding by a quarterback, stated Jackson has the “finest probability” to end because the the NFL’s all-time main operating quarterback.
“It’s going to take quite a bit,” Vick stated. “It’s going to take a season the place he rushes for 1,000 yards. It will take a season the place he breaks an additional time run for 65 yards. All data are made to be damaged.”
Vick did level out that Newton has a shot to break his file first. Newton presently has four,737 yards speeding, that are 1,372 behind Vick.
“Cam will play for a very long time, so who is aware of?” Vick stated. “[Jackson] could also be making an attempt to break Cam’s file after Cam breaks mine. However I would be the first to do it.”
Vick sees Jackson as “a step forward” of him as a rookie. In 2001, Vick began two video games, throwing two touchdowns and three interceptions whereas operating for 289 yards.
Main up to the draft, Vick spoke steadily with Jackson and predicted that Baltimore would draft him. Vick hasn’t talked a lot to Jackson as a result of he trusts the Ravens teaching workers.
Jackson is studying from offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and quarterbacks coach James City, each of whom had the identical titles in Philadelphia in 2010, when Vick was a Professional Bowl quarterback.
“I do know he is in good fingers,” stated Vick, who’s now a TV analyst for Fox. “He is very fortunate to get that at a younger age as a rookie.”