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Ravens' Lamar Jackson Explains Offseason Weight Loss, Dropping 25 Pounds from 2022

Scott Polacek

Lamar Jackson is already fast, but he wants to be faster.

"I'll say it was important enough to be able to move around a little bit extra, that's all," Jackson said Wednesday when discussing why he lost weight this offseason, per Ryan Mink of the Baltimore Ravens' official website. "Just so I can be more agile and be able to move more."

The star quarterback told Complex Sports he dropped 25 pounds from his 2022 weight, although he joked Tuesday that "you're going to have to pay for that" while declining to say how he lost the weight.

It seems to be working.

"I feel great," Jackson said. "It's been so long [since feeling this agile]. We had COVID that happened to us; it slowed us down a little. But I feel great now. I feel great."

Jackson feeling better than he has in years could be a problem for opposing defenses.

After all, he is the reigning MVP who completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,678 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions while running for 821 yards and five touchdowns last season. It was the second time in his career he won the MVP and third time he has run for more than 800 yards in a season.

He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on the ground in back-to-back campaigns in 2019 and 2020.

Defenses were already going to have their hands full with Baltimore's backfield this season even without a faster version of Jackson. The reigning AFC North champions added star running back Derrick Henry in free agency, giving them some thunder to Jackson's lightning.

Henry figures to wear down defenses with his physical running style throughout the game, which will only make it easier for Jackson to turn the corner and pick up major yardage with his legs. A faster and leaner Jackson is even better equipped to do just that.

Perhaps a third MVP is in store for the quarterback if he maintains his weight loss during the physically grinding regular season.

   

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