• Lamar Jackson responds to his critics during a press conference
  • Jackson was criticized for having a heavy emphasis on the run game instead of passing
  • The Ravens want to make a run for the Super Bowl crown this coming season

Gunning for its first Super Bowl appearance since 2012, the Baltimore Ravens are counting on quarterback Lamar Jackson to bring them back to the Promised Land.

Jackson has seen his fair share of detractors since being drafted 32nd overall in the 2018 NFL draft, claiming that he is simply a running back who just happens to be a quarterback because of his style of play.

However, the 2019 unanimous NFL MVP is not letting his most ardent haters get to him.

During a press conference during the Ravens’ training camp, Jackson was asked about his thoughts on such comments hounding him since he made his NFL debut.

“I mean, I guess this is what comes with it. When you’re trying to be great, when you’re trying to work your tail off, there’s going to be negativity,” Jackson initially mentioned with a smile.

“But they hated Jesus and I’m not Jesus, so I don’t really worry about it.”

A reporter then floated his observations of Jackson’s activity on Twitter as he went out of his way to hit back at those who made comments about his game, but the quarterback had a sly answer to that as well.

“I really don’t go at them. I just… respond. They want conversation, I just give them a little conversation here and there, but it really don’t mean nothing. It ain’t serious. I won’t be mad or anything like that. I’ll just be engaging with everything,” he mentioned.

Jackson’s level of play has been among the top quarterbacks in the league as he built upon the foundations that former Seattle Seahawks play-caller Russell Wilson laid down for dual-threat quarterbacks.

To his credit, “LJ8” has worked on getting the ball to his receivers and tight ends more as evidenced by his growing confidence in throwing back-shoulder balls to them and receivers like Devin Duvernay and Rashod Bateman are going to be the biggest benefactors of it.

Super Bowl contention seems to be a long shot for the Ravens this season after having to deal with so much injury last season, but Jackson is determined to not let the fanbase down as has been his M.O. since entering the league.

Ravens fans have hope that this coming season will be better than past ones, and it will be up to Jackson’s skillset to carry the offense while young guns Kyle Hamilton and Odafe Oweh leading the defense.