Lamar Jackson denies reports, adament he is 'strictly a quarterback'

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson before the Tax Slayer Bowl

While that level of production won him a Heisman Trophy and a spot at the National Football League combine, some National Football League scouts and decision makers are still foolishly trying to pigeonhole Jackson as a wide receiver.

Jackson said it was "absolutely" disrespectful that teams want him as a receiver, but said none of the teams mentioned that to him in any of his meetings.

"I'm a quarterback", Jackson told reporters Friday afternoon at the combine. I'm strictly a quarterback.

But it was as baffling to the 2016 Heisman Trophy victor as to anyone else when he finally got his chance to speak.

Jackson never caught a single pass at Louisville, where he threw for 9,043 yards and 69 touchdowns, ran for 4,132 yards and 50 TDs in 38 games. Jackson knows this. He was recruited by many big-time colleges. "He really is. I understand why people say (he should switch to wide receiver) because they've seen guys convert that are special athletes". He then added, "I thought I did a good job at quarterback" while at Louisville. I'm happy to be here. "Now I just have to show my ability".

Jackson was extremely likeable in his 15-minute interview with reporters.

Whether that situation will be in Denver remains to be seen, but Jackson promised Friday a "different" and "leveled-up Lamar" for any team that chooses to draft him.

Jackson will instead be focusing on the on-field drills and other athletic drills, and it's hard to blame him.

Jackson didn't show off a big arm like Wyoming's Josh Allen, the other prime prospect in his throwing group Saturday. ". I'm mobile, I can hit any player on any part of the field, and I love the game with a passion". It would be great, I love the feeling down there; I love the sunshine.

Eagles defensive end Chris Long tweeted: "If I'm LJ and a team asked me to work out at WR, I wouldn't want to play for that team". I love to score. "I love those boys - Jarvis Landry, that would be a great offense". I'm not a ball hog, at all. Jackson has his flaws, but he is one of the most electrifying playmakers in this year's draft.

Jackson also clarified that his mother, Felicia Jones, is his manager and that he hired a lawyer to negotiate his contract rather than an agent because of the current rookie wage scale.

I know it sounds insane, and it definitely is, but in some alternate reality where it actually happens, I'm being called a genius, because I thought of it first. "I think he's going to get every chance to prove that before he ever looks at a position change".

"I decided I don't need him". Jackson said that he had not met with the Patriots at the combine but that he'd be open to the idea. Jackson won't run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, because his film should tell the story of his speed.

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