Lamar Jackson could be the gold commonplace for the NFL’s speeding quarterbacks in 2020, however he made certain to provide credit score to the “O.G.” this season.
On this case, the ‘authentic gangster’ Jackson is referring to is Cam Newton. The duo confronted off for the primary time as starters within the NFL on Week 10’s “Sunday Night time Soccer” on NBC when the Patriots host the Ravens. Jackson began watching Newton at Auburn and wished to be like him.
So far as dual-threat quarterbacks go, Newton has set a excessive bar within the NFL. He is lived as much as his “Superman” moniker that Jackson repeated a number of instances in Week 10. Newton’s the all-time main speeding TD scorer amongst quarterbacks in league historical past, and whereas Jackson (together with Kyler Murray and Josh Allen) will possible make a run at it, Newton ran for an extra 12 touchdowns in 2020. He is not making catching him on that leaderboard a straightforward job, however Jackson cannot wait to share the sphere with him.
“He is a cellular quarterback. He does his factor,” Jackson informed media in Week 10. “He gained the Heisman, gained the faculty championship, gained MVP, went to the Tremendous Bowl. I adopted him lots, wished to get to the place he is at. Now I am right here, now I’ve obtained to play towards him. I simply can’t wait to try this.”
Who has essentially the most speeding TDs as a quarterback?
Cam Newton has essentially the most speeding touchdowns of any quarterback in NFL historical past, and he is nonetheless including to his whole. After Week 17 of the 2020 season, Newton has run for 70 touchdowns. Here is the record of the highest 10 all-time QBs at scoring by way of the bottom:
- Cam Newton – 70
- Steve Younger – 43
- Jack Kemp – 40
- Steve McNair – 37
- Tobin Rote – 37
- Michael Vick – 36
- Randall Cunningham – 35
- Steve Grogan – 35
- Daunte Culpepper – 34
- John Elway, Otto Graham, Y.A. Tittle – 33
There’s nonetheless an honest method to go for numerous one of the best speeding quarterbacks nonetheless lively within the NFL. Here is a take a look at how a few of them examine to one of the best speeding scorers on the QB place all-time (all stats as of Week 17 of the 2020 season).
- Josh Allen – 25
- Russell Wilson – 21
- Lamar Jackson – 19
- Kyler Murray – 15
And in case you had been questioning about among the extra artful, veteran quarterbacks?
- Aaron Rodgers – 31
- Drew Brees – 25
- Tom Brady – 24
Evaluating Cam Newton to Lamar Jackson as runners
Everybody is aware of Newton is a risk as a runner, and everybody is aware of Jackson is a risk as a runner. However that does not imply they do it in the identical approach.
Newton is a big man, measuring 6-5 and 245 kilos. They do not make working backs the dimensions of Newton, however one of the best comparability by way of the problem in bringing him down can be Derrick Henry. Newton’s dimension makes him a close to impossibility to cease down close to the purpose line. In his profession, 58 of Newton’s 66 speeding TDs (88 %) have come from contained in the 10-yard line.
Jackson is not small, however his 6-2 and 212-pound body performs out a lot in another way as a rusher than Newton’s. He is a grasp of juking defenders figuratively out of their footwear. He runs away from folks as soon as he will get house within the secondary. He does not invite contact in the identical approach as Newton. That is led to 6 of Jackson’s 15 NFL speeding touchdowns (40 %) coming from outdoors the 10-yard line.
Regardless of their variations in model, although, Newton and Jackson are each immensely tough to carry down.
Most damaged tackles in a single season by non-RBs over the previous three years (PFF)
2018 Cam Newton (20)
2018 Lamar Jackson (20)
2018 Odell Beckham Jr. (20)
2018 Golden Tate (23)
2017 Tate (23)
2019 Jackson (29 and counting) pic.twitter.com/KhVAkC94tl
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) November 19, 2019
Should you’re searching for a Newton comparability, it is possible Josh Allen in Buffalo, who finishes off drives with punishing runs on the purpose line. Jackson and Murray are extra within the shifty-mold of Michael Vick. Both approach, they each add a dimension that defenses do not usually should account for.
Earlier than this age of cellular quarterbacks, a protection may basically depend on the QB staying within the pocket. Vick and Newton actually began pushing us into an period the place that is now not true, and Jackson, Murray and Allen are pushing it to a complete new degree. If defenses do not account for the quarterback, they are going to get burned. And with Newton first and now Jackson, even when the protection pays consideration to them, they usually haven’t any likelihood of stopping these dual-threat stars.