Lamar Jackson is predicted to interrupt Michael Vick’s single-season dashing document subsequent month.
The passing of the torch between Jackson and Vick was dealt with, at the least just about, on Tuesday.
Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens’ electrical dual-threat star and NFL Most Helpful Participant front-runner, will obtain a 96 velocity score when Madden updates its participant scores later this week. That is the quickest ever for a quarterback.
Vick, who held the earlier document of 95, introduced the “altering of the guard” on Twitter on Tuesday, and the “Madden NFL 20” Twitter account confirmed later.
“From one Madden legend to the following. @Lj_era8 takes the crown because the quickest QB in Madden historical past!” the account wrote.
In his publish, Vick known as it an “honor and privilege to have the ability to hand one thing off to the following era.” He then confirmed a Nike cleat with the phrases “Not unhealthy for a RB” inscribed beneath a Ravens purple swoosh.
Critics questioned whether or not Jackson had the throwing accuracy to play quarterback within the NFL, however he has quieted these skeptics, famously saying after the Ravens’ 59-10 Week 1 blowout of the Dolphins: “Not unhealthy for a working again.”
“Now they’re consuming their phrases,” Vick mentioned in his Twitter video. “Lamar’s the modern-day, new-era quarterback. And effectively deserving of it.
“The altering of the guard is all good, man. All information are made to be damaged. The following era are alleged to be higher than us. Acquired to provide credit score the place credit score is due. I say, it is your flip now.”
Jackson has rushed for 876 yards, the fifth-most by an NFL quarterback in a season. He wants 164 yards to surpass Vick’s 13-year-old league document.
His velocity may be quantified past the online game. For the reason that begin of final season, Jackson has recorded 122 rushes with a max velocity of at the least 15 mph. That is 31 greater than every other participant in that span, in accordance with Subsequent Gen Stats.
When Madden got here out this 12 months, Jackson’s low score did not go unnoticed. He started with a 76 total score, which was tied for 24th amongst quarterbacks.
“I can not really feel no method. I do not make Madden. It is them,” Jackson mentioned in July. “I really feel like our workforce [ratings], they disillusioned me. But it surely’s all good. We’ll present them when the season comes.”
Madden usually updates its participant scores on Thursdays, primarily based on the earlier weekend’s video games. Jackson’s replace will come after the NFL MVP front-runner set a number of information in a Monday night time thrashing of the Rams in Los Angeles. Amongst them:
First participant with 5 landing passes in a Monday Night time Soccer debut, in accordance with the Elias Sports activities Bureau
Youngest participant (22 years outdated) with a number of five-touchdown-pass video games in NFL historical past
First participant in NFL historical past with 4 landing passes and at the least 50 yards dashing in consecutive video games
First participant with at the least three,000 passing yards and 1,500 dashing yards in his first two seasons in NFL historical past
Vick was in attendance on the L.A. Coliseum to observe Jackson.
The subject of Madden was broached with Jackson final week. He was requested if he would promise followers that he would not seem on the online game’s cowl, which some consider has jinxed many gamers.
“I can not promise that,” Jackson mentioned, laughing. “I do not consider in no curse. I play soccer. If it comes, it comes. Tom Brady was on the quilt at one level. He nonetheless received Tremendous Bowls.”