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We knew what Lamar Jackson was coming out of college – a running quarterback that desperately needed to work on his passing mechanics. The Baltimore Ravens' plan was to let Jackson learn behind seasoned-veteran Joe Flacco, but when the former Super Bowl MVP went down with a hip injury, the rookie was forced into action.


And Jackson did what he does best once he became the Ravens' starting QB – he ran wild. 

The Ravens tailored their game plan to fit the skillset of their young quarterback, and all that did was lead to a 6-1 record, a division title and a playoff appearance as the No. 4 seed in the NFC.


In fact, they ran the ball so much that Jackson ran the ball more times (147) than any other quarterback in NFL history. The previous high for someone at the position was set by Bears QB Bobby Douglass in 1972 with 141 carries.

What's even more amazing about this stat is that Jackson didn't start from Week 1. If you recall, he didn't take over the starting role until Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Granted, Jackson did have his own package of plays up until that point, but it's still impressive nonetheless.

Jackson and the Ravens will now gear up for Sunday's Wild Card matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers, where the QB is sure to get lots of rushing attempts as Baltimore tries to control the clock and ultimately advance to the Divisional Round


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