He did all that as a quarterback. But apparently some NFL teams want to evaluate him as a wide receiver—even though he never even caught a pass in college.
According to NFL.com’s Peter Schrager:
Multiple NFL teams have requested for the dual-threat Lousiville quarterback to work out as a wide receiver, in addition to working out as a QB, Good Morning Football’s Peter Schrager reported Friday, per a source informed of the situation.
Jackson hasn’t announced yet if he will work out as a wideout.
While the 21-year-old hasn’t said whether he’ll work out as a receiver for NFL teams, plenty of current and former NFL players chimed in with their own opinions on what he should do.
If I’m LJ and a team asked me to work out at WR, I wouldn’t want to play for that team. It’s insulting. Additionally, asserting that he can improve and develop (like any pro prospect) shouldn’t be controversial. Can your brain handle this nuanced tweet?
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) March 2, 2018
For what reason are teams asking Lamar Jackson to try out at WR ?? I don’t get it
— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) March 2, 2018
They’re Saying Lamar Jackson is too short? Lol these analysts hate on every black quarterback. Lamar Jackson is the same height as A LOT of NFL QBs. I’m usually not with this and that… but many WHITE analysts always have something negative to say about BLACK quarterbacks
— Deion Sanders Jr (@DeionSandersJr) March 1, 2018
Why are they asking Lamar Jackson to workout as a WR? He had one of the best careers in college football history as a QB. I don’t get it♂️
— De’Angelo Henderson (@DHenderson31) March 2, 2018
How Lamar Jackson getting told to play WR . I don’t get it , Nfl already adding college spread .
— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) February 23, 2018
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) March 2, 2018
As the field shrinks, Quarterback play in NFL is much tougher!
The “green zone” area is critical! (-40 to EZ)
QB’s must be efficient & protect the football!
— Ron Jaworski (@jawsespn) February 23, 2018
It amazes me how ppl can watch Deshaun Watson literally kill it in this league in half a season, then tell Lamar Jackson go play WR??? Y’all don’t see any similarities? At all? Am I watching a different sport? At least give the Heisman winner an opportunity. #AmIWrong
— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) March 2, 2018
ESPN analyst and former Indianapolis Colts owner Bill Polian is among those who think Jackson should be a wide receiver, calling him too “short and slight” and claiming “the accuracy isn’t there.”
Neither argument seems to hold up to a half second’s worth of scrutiny.
So based on his combine measurements today, “small” Lamar Jackson is basically the same size as Deshaun Watson. pic.twitter.com/lb1B62qvn6
— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) March 1, 2018
Lamar Jackson: 59% completion.
“Should switch to WR”
Josh Allen: 56% completion.
“No. 1 overall!”
Hmm…I wonder why
— Ari Alexander (@AriA1exander) February 21, 2018
Lamar Jackson 6’2 216 9.5 hands
Aaron Rodgers 6’2 223 9.375 hands
— LastPrinceofKrypton (@GodofKrypton) March 1, 2018
Andy Dalton: 6’2″ — 215 lbs. — 9.5″ hands
Lamar Jackson: 6’2″ — 216 lbs. — 9.5″ hands
— Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) March 1, 2018