But because an unverified report had circulated the day before that teams were asking Jackson to work out at receiver, he had to bat the idea away, repeatedly.
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Jackson, who finished his collegiate career at Louisville with 9,043 yards, 69 touchdowns and a 142.9 quarterback rating in three seasons, said he is "shocked" to hear the rumors about him playing wide receiver.
"I can break pressure and keep my eyes down the field", Jackson said, asked what he does well as a QB.
This comes after ESPN analyst Bill Polian suggested that Jackson move to wide receiver on an episode of ESPN's Golic and Wingo last month. "I'm strictly a quarterback". As part of this effort, a good agent will push back against harmful media narratives, like Bill Polian's goofy notion that Jackson should play receiver. I love to put the ball in receivers' hands.
Jackson laughed again, because he's not almost as anxious about his National Football League future as the legions of strangers who want him to change.
"That's insane", he said, laughing.
"That's insane! I though I did a good job as a quarterback. They can say what they want to say, build a story". "It just motivates me to go out there and show my ability", Jackson told reporters.
Quarterbacks will work out for the scouts on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Jackson was candid and amusing, and he had the 100-some people who'd gathered around his podium cackling for much of the 15 minutes he stood there. "If there's anyone who would turn that franchise around, it'd be me", he said. And he's shown on many times to use his speed to extend a play in order to throw rather than looking to run. "That's where I am at now".
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But it was as baffling to the 2016 Heisman Trophy victor as to anyone else when he finally got his chance to speak. Entering the TaxSlayer Bowl against Mississippi State above 60 percent but fell below that mark after struggling in a 13-for-31 passing performance that included four interceptions. He's not bench-pressing even though he grabbed his biceps, smiled and assured, "I've been working out, 216 (pounds), you know?" He went to the one that gave him a chance to start right away - at quarterback.
As far as Lamar Jackson is concerned, there should be no confusion about his position. If anything, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback may have been undervalued during his time at the college level as a result of defensive issues that kept Louisville out of the national spotlight, but in short, anyone who closely followed the sport over the past few years recognized just how dominant he was at a collegiate signal-caller.
"[I'd be] like a little kid", Jackson said. "I stay away from it, answer their questions".
"It is unique, and it's really a fun evaluation because watching the tape and watching him play, you don't see that very often, a guy that carries his team the way he does, and he does a number of things really well", Telesco said.
Interestingly, Jackson doesn't have a traditional agent. He has a lawyer, who will represent him in contract negotiations, and his mother is acting as his "manager".
Houston evolved its offense around the dual-threat nature of Watson, and that's likely what Jackson's team will want to do, at least when he's ready to become a starter. He feels having an agent is an unnecessary thing at this point.
"Like I said before", Jackson said. "You're going to get the salary you're going to get".
Jackson credits his poise, his calm under pressure and his ability to smell pressure as his strongest traits. I'm just saying in general.