Marvin Lewis has his doubts when it comes to the longevity of rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Following his team’s 24-21 loss to their AFC North rivals, the Bengals coach discussed the performance of the Ravens’ first-round pick in his NFL debut as a starter.
Jackson completed 13 of 19 passes for 150 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. But his rushing stats were his most impressive accomplishment, as he had 27 carries for 117 yards while running the ball more times than any quarterback in the Super Bowl era.
However, Lewis doesn’t think that will last.
“Quarterbacks don’t run forever in the NFL,” Lewis said after the game, via ESPN. “Sooner or later, they get hurt, and they don’t run the same. But, today, he could run, and he did a good job.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, on the other hand, had a different opinion.
“I thought he played spectacular,” Harbaugh said after the game. “I thought he played winning football. … For a first-time-out rookie in an environment like that to have all those operational things go well speaks to his intelligence, his studiousness, just his ability to run the show. After that, the playmaking, that comes from God.”
The matchup left both teams at 5-5 while the Steelers solidified their spot atop the division with a comeback win over the Jaguars, leaving the Browns in their usual last-place position.