Lamar Jackson is undoubtedly the frontrunner to win the NFL Regular Season MVP award right now.
That is according to two-time Super Bowl winner Osi Umenyiora, who says the Baltimore Ravens are a completely different team without him.
Jackson has overseen seven successive wins with the Ravens to leave them 9-2 as the NFL season marches towards the play-offs.
And the 22-year-old appears to be improving week on week with a string of dazzling quarterback performances.
Many people could not decide between Jackson and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for their choice of MVP but the Louisville graduate now looks to have the edge.
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And Umenyiora agrees that Jackson is “definitely the frontrunner for the MVP” at the moment.
“When we talk about the MVP we ask who is the most valuable player? Period,” he said.
“Can we say if we take Lamar Jackson off of this team then Baltimore are as good as they are? Absolutely not.
“So definitely right now he is the frontrunner for the MVP race, no question about that.
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“He is having a fantastic season.”
Former NFL cornerback Jason Bell was full of praise for Jackson after analysing his five star display in the Ravens’ win at the LA Rams earlier this week.
The QB threw for five touchdowns and broke several records before being taken off at the start of the fourth quarter.
“The things that he can do,” Bell added.
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“They try to stop the run and force the throw but he makes the throws anyway.
“He looks faster than everybody on the field, the best athletes in the world and he is running through them.
“The things he can do are outstanding.”
Jackson faces arguably his toughest test of the season so far this weekend as the Ravens welcome the 10-1 San Francisco 49ers to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
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