Pros and cons of Seattle Seahawks adding Lamar Jackson

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The pros of bringing Lamar Jackson to the Seahawks

First of all, Jackson is an excellent quarterback who works on his trade and has become a far more accurate passer over his five-year career. His arm strength is unquestioned. But his most unique skill, obviously, is his ability to use his legs. Jackson is fast and elusive and is probably the best running quarterback since Michael Vick was young.

In Jackson’s first season, he completed 58.2 percent of his passes with 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He only passed 170 times. That completion percentage number isn’t awful but it clearly wouldn’t rank as one of the better ones in the league. But in year two, Jackson got his completion percentage up to 66.1 percent and threw for 36 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions. He also ran for 1,206 yards.

Jackson simply adds an element of passing accuracy with the ability to run well that opposing defenses can’t truly account for. There are no practice squad players capable of really emulating Jackson’s skillset. This is why opposing teams might try to prepare for Jackson, but until the team is on the field playing the game, there’s no real way of getting ready for what Jackson brings.

Jackson, who is still only 26 years old, has a career touchdown-to-interception ratio of 101 to 38 which is excellent. His quarterback rating is a solid 96.7. He’s also rushed for 4,437 yards. And he has never played on a team with the quality of receivers that the Seahawks have. Jackson would likely be even better in Seattle and Seattle a Super Bowl contender if he is added.