Quarterback Lamar Jackson was the focus on the Ravens’ necessary minicamp final week.
It was the primary time Jackson practiced with the staff after lacking the final 4 video games of the 2021 common season and skipping the current voluntary exercises.
The Ravens are attempting to succeed in a protracted-time period contract extension with Jackson and that has dominated the headlines.
On the sphere, Jackson appeared poised and was capable of management the offense, which appeared significantly better with him behind middle. He had extra zip on his passes and was capable of throw tight spirals across the discipline.
In quick, Jackson didn’t have any unwell results from the layoff. In reality, he appeared higher as a quarterback.
“Lamar has been here three days – that’s all it’s been – and it didn’t feel like you had a lack of chemistry,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh mentioned. “Now, there were things – and he and I talked about it on the field – communication things, cadence things, some of the new offensive stuff. That’s not stuff he was here for to immerse himself into in the OTAs [organized team activities]. That’s the only thing, and that’s something we easily make up in training camp. But as far as the throwing and the catching and the targeting and all that, and what you’re saying – the playmaking stuff – I was happy to see that. And I was wondering about it; how’s he going to look? To see it look that good, to see the shape he was in, how well he threw the ball, that was all … For a coach, that’s exciting.”
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Jackson solely performed in 12 video games final season due to an sickness and the ankle harm he suffered within the second sport in opposition to the Cleveland Browns. He accomplished 246 of 382 passes for two,882 yards and 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
He was additionally sacked a profession-excessive 38 occasions.
Jackson did verify he was discussing a brand new contract with the staff this week. However, he didn’t get into some other particulars.
Jackson will make $23.02 million taking part in beneath his fifth-yr choice this season and reiterated his stance that he needs to stay with the Ravens.
He mentioned the contract scenario was not the rationale he skipped the OTAs.
“I just wanted stay away and just grind. I just wanted to come back and just see how I felt,” Jackson mentioned. “I feel good. I asked my guys how they would feel if I stayed home; they were like, ‘It’s cool.’ I want to get some chemistry there, and they told me they want to get some chemistry. I’m like, ‘Man, we’re going to get that, regardless, when we get back.’ And when I first started offseason, back in February, James Proche II and ‘Bate’ [Rashod Bateman] were out in California with me, and we were just hitting. We were just throwing passes, completing passes. We were looking pretty good, so I was like, ‘The chemistry is going to be there when I get there for camp.’ So, I was good – just trying to grind.”
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Jackson is set to bounce again from final yr’s disappointing, harm-plagued yr. The Ravens boosted the offensive line once more this offseason with the addition of veteran Morgan Moses and rookie first-spherical choose Tyler Linderbaum. The staff additionally expects Ronnie Stanley to return from an ankle harm.
But the staff’s success nonetheless hinges on Jackson’s efficiency.
“Lamar works tremendously hard,” quarterback coach James Urban mentioned. “That hasn’t modified. My opinion of that hasn’t modified. What I see from what he’s finished hasn’t modified a bit. He works very, very arduous. It’s essential to him, and there’s no query about that.
“The fundamentals look really good right now. He’s been impressive these three days. He’s clearly been throwing; he’s clearly been working. The strength sure doesn’t hurt that. The velocity, the tight spirals, those things, they look good.”