The former league MVP missed games due to an ankle injury towards the end of the 2021 season.
Even if he only played 12 games, the former Louisville standout still had solid numbers.
Jackson completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,882 yards and 16 touchdowns.
But it’s in the run game that he did more damage with 767 yards and two scores.
There was a point last season where he had to play at an MVP level to allow the Ravens to win.
Yet even if he failed to make the playoffs for the first time in his NFL career, the Florida native is already wrecking the league’s record books.
Most rush attempts ever for a QB in first 4 NFL seasons
Lamar Jackson 615
Cam Newton 467
Josh Allen 422
Russell Wilson 411 pic.twitter.com/1sJsMq5uEn
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) April 12, 2022
The NFL on CBS Twitter account shared the leaders for most rushing attempts for a quarterback in his first four seasons.
Newton is a distant second with 467, while Allen and Wilson had 422 and 411, respectively.
It’s no surprise that Jackson tops this list because he owns other rushing records for quarterbacks.
He became the second quarterback in league history to have 1,000 rushing yards in a season.
Jackson also became the first play-caller to have multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons a year later with 1,005.
Not Built For The Playoffs?
But while those numbers are impressive, his style hasn’t brought much postseason success.
He made the playoffs in three of his first four seasons but won only one playoff game.
That victory was against the Tennessee Titans, a team that also prioritizes the run courtesy of Derrick Henry.
Defenses are better during the playoffs, helping them to neutralize Jackson better.
Only time can tell if Jackson’s style will translate to a Super Bowl victory.
Unfortunately, the path to that goal is becoming narrower, given the upgrades made by other AFC teams.