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Lamar Jackson has been in the league for a handful of seasons now with the Baltimore Ravens, which means the time has come to begin judging how the quarterback stacks up against his peers.

Most see Jackson as one of the top quarterbacks playing the game today, but most people also aren’t Fox Sports analyst Colin Cowherd.

Recently, Cowherd was putting together his rankings in terms of the quarterback position in the NFL. Jackson wasn’t within Cowherd’s first tier, but he placed a bit further down the list on the second tier.

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Obviously, lists like this are all subjective, but it shows just where Jackson is in the court of public opinion at this point in time. Cowherd takes a ton of grief for his opinions from time to time, and this will be another case where folks who like the Ravens and appreciate Jackson hammer him.

Clearly, Jackson has some work to do in order to elevate in the eyes of Cowherd.

What Lamar Jackson Must Do to Elevate His Game

Jackson has some notable holes in his resume in terms of some of the quarterbacks ahead of him on the list. Jackson has won only one playoff game in his career to this point in time, and hasn’t led a deep playoff run of any sorts. In both of his playoff losses, Jackson has looked pedestrian and has yet to take over a playoff game like he does plenty of regular season games. As a whole, Jackson is an uninspiring 1-3 in the playoffs and has never won an AFC Championship game nor a Super Bowl.

As frustrating as it might be, Jackson is going to have to find a way to do some bigger winning in order to move up in the mind of some in the media. This is true no matter the fact that he’s been an MVP and is already one of the most exciting players to watch in the game at the position.

Lamar Jackson Stats

This past season, Jackson had more struggles than successes at times statistically, but even in spite of that, he managed to have a solid season this year. Jackson himself had only 2,757 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, 1,005 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. Those numbers might be lower than what thy were in his NFL MVP season, but it’s long been clear that the stats are only half of what Jackson brings to the table. He is still the unquestioned heart and soul of the entire team, which is why the Ravens have to lock him up on a new deal and build around him better.

Since being drafted out of Louisville, Jackson has begun to rewrite the book in the league in terms of what a quarterback is and can be with his ability to run and extend the play.. The fact that he was a shoo-in as an All-Pro is a testament to how good Jackson was in 2019. The fact he won MVP last season was also simply a testament to that as well. There’s no question he can still challenge for those awards moving forward.

Jackson has his work cut out for him in the AFC with the specter of Patrick Mahomes looming for the next decade or so, and he will have to get to work if he wants to impress some in the media like Cowherd moving forward with his career.

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Weeks After Winter Storms, Mississippi City Still Grappling With Water Crisis

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI - Officials in Mississippi's largest city, Jackson, are aiming to have running water largely restored by the weekend, nearly three weeks after devastating winter weather left tens of thousands of residents without service.

The city was again distributing non-potable water Friday at four sites so people can flush their toilets, and residents must still boil any faucet water before using it for food preparation, drinking, washing dishes or brushing teeth.

Charles Williams, the city's public works director, said Thursday that workers should soon be able to sample enough water to lift the boil advisory.

"I see the light at the end of the tunnel," Williams said at a news conference, sounding more optimistic than he did Wednesday, when problems at the city's treatment plant caused pressure to drop across the entire system. At that time, he estimated that about a quarter of Jackson's 43,000 water connections — most of which serve multiple households — were not operating.

Ben Mitchell and Deon Sanders work at a public water distribution site after a recent bout of cold weather caused large numbers of water outages, in Jackson, Mississippi, March 4, 2021.

Officials did not have an updated estimate as of Friday, though city spokeswoman Michelle Atoa said the system was able maintain pressure overnight.

Tamiko Smith, 53, spent several anxiety-filled days scrambling to find clean water to perform the at-home dialysis treatments her husband, Otis, requires four days a week.

She tracked down some packaged water at a dialysis training center. Her husband's uncle, however, who comes to Jackson to receive his own dialysis at a clinic, went three days without treatment because the facility had no access to water.

"It was very stressful," said Smith, who compared the situation to living in a "third-world country."

The problems stem from the same cold snap that wreaked havoc in Texas last month, shutting down the state's power grid and leaving millions without heat in sub-freezing temperatures.

Jackson, the state capital with a population of more than 160,000 people, has seen more than 100 water main leaks since the storm and has been repairing them as quickly as possible, officials said.

The city's mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, sent a letter to Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves earlier this week requesting $47 million in emergency funding to repair and improve Jackson's water system.

Resident Jennifer Cattenhead, 39, and her three children finally had water service return Thursday after more than two weeks without it. "I was like, 'Oh Lord,'" she said with relief.

Jennifer Cattenhead shows a cooler with non-potable water she's had to use for flushing water in her home after a recent bout of cold weather caused large numbers of water outages, in Jackson, Mississippi, March 4, 2021.

Cattenhead had driven miles to find stores with jugs of water in stock, and she melted ice to use for flushing toilets. The first week after the storm, her house also had no power or heat, forcing her family to sleep in their cars for warmth.

The crisis has also shuttered businesses across the city.

Jeff Good, the co-owner of three restaurants, said his pizzeria, Sal & Mookie's New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint, would open Friday for the first time since February 17 after getting water restored Thursday.

Workers at his Broad Street Bakery & Cafe, meanwhile, were spending all day on Friday baking after the water returned ahead of reopening Saturday morning. 

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