Amazingly, Lamar Jackson says he's never ran full speed during a game before

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Lamar Jackson says he's never ran full speed during a game before originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Since entering the league, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has consistently made defenses look inadequate while effortlessly gliding past them en route to a touchdown or first down.But did you know Jackon's never reached his top speed?

"I'm really not running - I haven't ran full speed yet I don't think," Jackson said in a recent interview with NBC Sports' Jac Collinsworth.

Wait, wait, wait. Jackson has never run at his full potential in his entire life? Did he really just say that? Collinsworth was quick to make the speedy QB clarify. 

"Nah, like I probably did if I was running from something like a dog or something. I'm running for my life," Jackson said with a chuckle. "On the field, I really haven't because if I'm about to be out of bounds or something, I don't really have to go (full speed)."

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That is simply absurd. Jackson is out here casually surpassing 20 miles per hour on scrambles out of the pocket, and apparently, he hasn't even turned on the afterburners. Not even the 160 feet that stand between NFL sidelines is enough room for the powerful runner to go full speed. 

Collinsworth, as amazed by Jackson's responses as everybody else would've been, then asked Jackson if he keeps his speed under control as a conscious decision to make sure he doesn't go out of control. Wrong again, says Jackson.

"If I got the guy beat already then I don't have to speed up at all. Yeah," Jackson said quite savagely. 

Jackson has reached some high speeds in his career, highlighted by a 37-yard touchdown against Philadelphia in the regular season when he topped 21 mph for the fastest run of his NFL career. 

It's simply not fair for the defensive backs who see Jackson running right at them, helpless and devoid of any hope of stopping him. If they got any closer, Jackson apparently could run even faster.