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Lamar Jackson Will Not Switch Positions

While playing quarterback at Louisville Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy and on Friday he said, while at the NFL scouting combine, his intention is to be a NFL quarterback.

Jackson said that he would not work out in drills on the field as a wide receiver, even if NFL teams want him to. He added that he does not have any intention of playing another position as a professional.

Jackson indicated that wherever he ends up as a quarterback that is where he is going. Quarterback he said is his position and he will not be a wide receiver.

Jackson was the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner after a season in which he threw for 3,543 yard with 30 touchdowns. He also rushed that season for 1,571 yards and another 21 touchdowns on the ground. During 2017, Jackson amassed 3,660 yards passing with 27 touchdowns, as well as 1,601 yards rushing and 18 TDs.

While some evaluators of NFL personnel privately expressed an interest of late in seeing Jackson take part in drills for wide receivers during the combine, Jackson said no officials from any team have asked that of him directly.

He followed that up by saying it would not matter if they do, because he would not entertain any position switch.

Jackson also added that his mother, Felicia Jones, would be an adviser for his affairs related to business and marketing, and he would not hire an agent formally. Due to his rookie salary slotting in the NFL, Jackson said an attorney was hired to negotiate his first contract in the NFL.

Jackson feels that for rookies agents do not really negotiate and that an agent takes a large chunk of his paycheck. He feels at this time he deserve it and does not want to hire an agent at this time.

The former Louisville signal caller has not worked out in one of the pre-draft centers that many players who are draft eligible have used. Sam Darnold and Josh Allen, two quarterbacks from USC and Wyoming respectively, have been training together, with several more players in California.

Instead, Jackson said in South Florida, where he grew up, he used private training and spent the majority of his time prior to the combine on accuracy, as he feels like that is the reason people are down in him.

Jackson completed 56.2% of his passing during his Heisman winning season and 59.1% late season.

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