Former Falcons QB says Lamar would have “ATL all the way back”

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker (44) and linebacker Josh Allen (41) try to run down Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) during early fourth quarter action. Offsetting penalties negated the play. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Baltimore Ravens at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL Sunday, November 27, 2022. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]Jki 112722 Bs Jaguars Vs Ravens 44
Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker (44) and linebacker Josh Allen (41) try to run down Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) during early fourth quarter action. Offsetting penalties negated the play. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Baltimore Ravens at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL Sunday, November 27, 2022. [Bob Self/Florida Times-Union]Jki 112722 Bs Jaguars Vs Ravens 44 /
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To pursue Lamar Jackson, or to not pursue Lamar Jackson? it is a question that has been circulating around the Atlanta Falcons for some time now, and, much like many things, it has no definitive answer.

While none of us have an answer, we have our opinions and the opinion of a former Falcons quarterback is that signing Jackson would instantly put the team back on the map.

Former Falcons QB Kurt Benkert thinks that Lamar Jackson would bring the team “all the way back”

Kurt Benkert was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia in 2018. He showed a lot of promise and stuck around until the new regime came in and cut ties with him, and now, he has advice for the current regime, which is to pursue QB Lamar Jackson this offseason.

In a tweet that was posted on Monday, Benkert said “Lamar Jackson to the Falcons would have ATL all the way back.”

Many want him on the Falcons and many don’t, but it is hard to argue that signing Lamar wouldn’t have a major impact on the team’s chances to make the playoffs.

When you consider that Arthur Smith was able to make Marcus Mariota look like a competent quarterback in a couple of games, just imagine what he could do with Lamar Jackson. Lamar is a much better passer than Mariota and, next to Michael Vick, is the best athlete the NFL has ever seen at the quarterback position.

The Ravens, with Jackson, have been known as a run-first team and the Falcons are coming off a season in which they ran the ball at a higher rate than anyone. Jackson’s fit with Atlanta is clear.

But again, if it was as easy as just signing him, then the Ravens would have locked him up eons ago. It will take a high level of aggression from the front office to land Lamar Jackson, especially if Baltimore does end up franchise-tagging him like recent rumors suggest.

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