Michael Vick’s advice to Lamar Jackson on running: ‘Proceed with caution’
Michael Vick is the NFL’s standard-bearer when it comes to running quarterbacks. With the wisdom gleaned — not to mention physical toll endured — during 13 seasons, Vick has one piece of advice for Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson: “Proceed with caution.”
Vick obviously knows full well the punishment a running quarterback takes in the NFL. The former star signal-caller hopes Jackson exercises discretion when it comes to tucking the ball and running with such frequency.
“With quarterbacks, we’re not used to getting hit all the time,” Vick told ESPN’s Jamison Hensley on Tuesday. “When we do it, it can either get you into the game or it can shake you up a little bit. It’s not like a guy sitting in the pocket, you run the risk of getting injured. I’m not saying that should deter Lamar or scare him; I’m just saying proceed with caution.”
Jackson had 37 rushing attempts over the past two games for the Ravens while starting in the place of the injured Joe Flacco, totaling 190 yards. Jackson’s 26 carries in his first NFL start in a win over the Bengals marked the most for any quarterback in the Super Bowl era.
Vick, who only notched double-digit carries in 25 of his 143 games, believes the ideal mark for Jackson would be between 10 and 12 carries, as a heavier workload would catch up quickly to the rookie signal-caller.
Jackson is expected to start his third straight game on Sunday, interestingly against Vick’s former team, the Atlanta Falcons, as the Ravens want Flacco to get in a full week of practice before returning from a hip injury.
Vick believes that Jackson is further along in development compared to him at such an early stage. However, the case can be made that Jackson will have to be cautious when utilizing his game-breaking talents in the running game. By developing into a more well-rounded quarterback, Vick truly believes the sky is the limit for Jackson.