Michael Vick Praises Lamar Jackson, Calls Him a 'Dangerous Man Behind Center'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2019

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson looks for a receiver in the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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One of the greatest dual-threat quarterbacks in NFL history heaped praise on Baltimore Ravens signal-caller Lamar Jackson on Monday.

In an interview with TMZ Sports, former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick had nothing but good things to say about Jackson:

"That's a dangerous man behind center," Vick said.

Through two games this season, Jackson has led the Ravens to a 2-0 record while completing 71.9 percent of his passes for 596 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions and rushing for 126 yards on 19 carries.

With his combination of arm strength and mobility, Jackson has often been compared to Vick, dating back to his time in college at Louisville. That's something Vick welcomes: "I think they're good comparisons, man. If anybody looking like me, it's Lamar."

Despite leading Baltimore to a 6-1 record as a starter during his rookie season in 2018, there were questions entering 2019. He answered them emphatically in Week 1 when he led the Ravens to a 59-10 win over the Miami Dolphins and finished with 324 passing yards and five touchdowns.

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Jackson showed in Week 2 the performance wasn't a fluke with 272 passing yards and two touchdowns, along with 120 rushing yards, in a 23-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Given Jackson's hot start, Vick had no advice for the Heisman Trophy winner other than to be himself: "Keep doing what you're doing. Don't change nothing."

After decimating two of the NFL's weaker teams, Jackson will have an opportunity to truly silence his critics in Week 3 when he faces the Kansas City Chiefs in one of the toughest environments in the league.

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the reigning MVP, and Jackson will be tasked with keeping up with him. Vick has no doubts about Jackson's ability and feels the second-year man will be "hard to deal with for a long time."