Sunday’s matchup between the Ravens and Texans will feature two of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the game right now in Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson. People are taking advantage of that action as the bet-rhode island sportsbooks, but while both exhibit similar qualities on the field, they aren’t the same player, and Jackson wants to make that very clear.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Jackson was asked if he sees some of himself in the Texans quarterback, and he was quick to shoot down the comparison to Watson.
Yes, Jackson and Watson are extremely athletic and capable of making highlight-worthy plays on every snap, but they do so differently. More often than not, Watson has been using his legs to extend plays in the passing game. Jackson, on the other hand, is running all over defenses this season. His 702 rushing yards currently rank 11th in the league, and he’s averaging a whopping 6.6 yards per carry.
Some might say that Watson is the better passer of the two, but Jackson hasn’t been far behind in that department. Both enter Sunday’s matchup with impressive stats throwing the ball.
Regardless of who comes out on top, it will be highly entertaining to see these two MVP candidates go head to head.
Gase Ain’t Goin
Despite Jets fans calling for Adam Gase to be fired after an abysmal start to the season, the team’s owner has decided to stick with the head coach, at least for now.
Christopher Johnson told reporters on Wednesday that he has no plans to fire Gase now or after the season.
The Jets are 2-7 in Gase’s first year at the helm, but the real disappointment has been on the offensive side of the ball, where’s Gase’s supposed strengths as a coordinator and quarterback whisperer have been non-existent. New York currently ranks 30th in points per game (14.4) and dead last in yards per game (231.3). As for the development of Sam Darnold, the former third overall pick has looked worse in his second year than he did as a rookie.
While Johnson may have the patience to keep things as they are for now, you have to believe Gase’s seat will stay hot through the offseason. If the Jets come out and lose the first couple games of next season, Gase could be out in a hurry.
No More Newton?
With Cam Newton being placed on injured reserve last week and now considering surgery to repair the Lisfranc injury in his foot, the likely scenario to play out is that the former MVP will not be back with the Panthers next season. Carolina could choose to trade Newton, and it seems he might have a team in mind.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Newton would welcome a trade to the Bears, who could be in the market for a quarterback next offseason if Mitchell Trubisky continues to struggle.
Newton has been the face of the Panthers for so long that it seems strange to think Carolina could move him. But having dealt with so many injuries as of late, it’s beginning to be clear that Newton isn’t so durable anymore.
Not only would the Bears offer him a fresh start, but Matt Nagy seems like the right coach to successfully resurrect Newton’s career. Either way, Chicago has to do something about the quarterback position, and trading for Newton might be the answer.