(Boldly) Predicting Lamar Jackson’s success in 2020.
Lamar Jackson, perhaps the most famed player in Louisville football’s 108 year history, is coming off a 2019 MVP season for the Baltimore Ravens. With a disappointing divisional playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans in the rear view, Jackson will have all eyes on him as a repeat MVP contender as well as having his team competing for a Super Bowl in 2020.
Jackson’s MVP year consisted of Jackson throwing for over 3,000 yards through the air and over 1,000 yards on the ground (the first player to ever do both in one season). Jackson accounted for 43 touchdowns in total as he dominated the NFL in his sophomore campaign.
Patrick Mahomes, Kurt Warner, Dan Marino, Earl Campbell, and Jim Brown all won the MVP award along with Jackson in one of their first two seasons in the league. Only Brown won it in back-to-back years (1957, 1958). There is no doubt that Jackson is going against history in his third year in the league. But, Louisville fans have seen Lamar make history in real time before.
Jackson will have plenty of stiff competition at the top for the MVP of the league including fourth year quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Dak Prescott among others. However, Jackson will finally have a fully healthy Marquise “Hollywood” Brown in 2020 as well as new rookie weapons in running back J.K. Dobbins and wide receiver Devin Duvernay.
What can we expect as an encore act for Lamar Jackson in 2020? Let’s take a look at three bold predictions for Jackson’s 2020 season.