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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Cam Newton revitalized the run-option and designed runs for quarterbacks almost a decade ago.
Lamar Jackson revolutionized the concept of a dual-threat quarterback over the past three seasons.
Their paths converge Sunday night in New England, where Jackson can match Newton’s rushing quarterback milestone in front of him. When the Baltimore Ravens play at the New England Patriots, Jackson needs 25 yards rushing to join Newton as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to run for more than 500 yards in each of their first three seasons.
Jackson might join Newton in the “500 club” this Sunday, but the NFL has numerous other running quarterbacks who could soon join them, such as Josh Allen and Kyler Murray. Mitchell Layton-USA TODAY Sports
This represents the first time Jackson and Newton will square off as starting quarterbacks, but it’s not the first NFL meeting between these Heisman winners-turned first-round NFL quarterbacks. Jackson watched Newton dominate Baltimore in 2018, when Newton was with the Carolina Panthers and Jackson was three weeks away from taking over as the Ravens’ starting quarterback. Newton has also reached out to Jackson on social media, a conversation that Jackson described as “Just