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Lamar Jackson reveals why he didn’t run the 40-yard-dash at the NFL combine

For The Win logo For The Win 6/24/2018 Steven Ruiz
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One of the great disappointments of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine was Lamar Jackson deciding not run the 40-yard-dash. Participating in the event likely would have done very little for the Louisville product - we all knew he was fast - but, for selfish reasons, it would have been cool to see how fast he was compared to other NFL players.

Alas. Jackson opted not to run, and now we have someone to blame: A Los Angeles Chargers scout. This scout was apparently the first from an NFL team to ask Jackson about the possibility of him working out as a receiver, Jackson revealed on a Baltimore Ravens podcast.

Via Pro Football Talk:

"It was a Chargers scout who told me about it," Jackson recently told a Ravens podcast. "He was the first one to come to me about it. I'm like, 'What?' He caught me off guard with it. I even made a face at first like, 'What?' I thought he was trying to be funny but he kept going with it. So it just became blown out of proportion.

"So that was the first time I heard it, I was like, 'What?' Like he was like, 'Oh, Lamar are you gonna go out for wide receiver routes?' I was like . . . 'No . . . I don't recall saying that, I don't remember telling you guys I'd go out for receiver routes.' I'm like, 'No, quarterback only.' So that made me not run the 40 and participate in all the other stuff."

The decision makes sense from Jackson's perspective: He didn't want teams thinking he was anything other than a quarterback. If he had run a blazing 40 times, teams may have echoed the Chargers and asked him to go through receiver drills. The decision did not end up hurting Jackson, as he ended up going in the first round to the Ravens.

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