OWINGS MILLS, Md. — If Lamar Jackson wished to ensure his contract standing wasn’t a serious distraction at Baltimore Ravens coaching camp this summer season, his look on the observe area on Wednesday on the Under Armour Performance Center achieved that feat.
Jackson, who is ready to play on his fifth-year possibility, dealt with himself like he was in midst of a profitable long-term deal, directing the offense and chatting it up with teammates.
Jackson shines on Day 1, Harbaugh downplays exterior noise
While Jackson didn’t converse to the media following the primary observe of camp, his head coach, John Harbaugh, was completely happy to have him main the crew throughout a pivotal day within the Ravens’ chemistry-building course of.
Harbaugh has heard all the exterior noise about Jackson’s type of play and his contract scenario, and the top coach says the quarterback isn’t distracted by the criticism or rumors.
“Well, with Lamar, I’d say no, because he’s used to it,” Harbaugh stated after observe. “He’s been hearing the same things since he was probably in junior high. I know he heard it in college, and I know he heard it from the draft. I know he’s hearing from some of the same people saying the same things in the draft. That keeps coming up. I don’t know who this guy named anonymous is, I haven’t met him yet … It’s just baloney, it’s just nothing. It’s a big nothing burger.”
Harbaugh wasn’t the one member of the group who was thrilled to see No. 8 donning his black observe jersey.
Second-year wideout Rashod Bateman, Jackson’s projected No. 1 large receiver this season, was additionally amped to see the franchise QB in his rightful place. But the wideout famous he wasn’t nervous based mostly on their non-public exercises collectively.
“We don’t really care what nobody else is saying, we’re just excited that our No. 1 quarterback is out here,” Bateman stated. “He throws to us on Sundays, so we’re going to need him out here every single day.”
Jackson’s efficiency with younger receiving corps
While the Ravens merely wore jerseys and shorts, they nonetheless took half in restricted crew drills.
Jackson began off on hearth, connecting on his first 4 throws in 11-on-11 work. He began the interval with a powerful throw to wideout Devin Duvernay on the sideline. Duvernay was tightly contested by cornerback Brandon Stephens however nonetheless hauled within the ball.
Following the fast 11-on-11 session, the offense labored on installs for many of the observe. During the ultimate interval, the group returned to crew drills, the place Jackson had up-and-down moments.
Jackson accomplished three of his six throws through the interval. However, one incomplete go was a transparent drop by wideout James Proche II, and one other was a powerful go breakup by cornerback Marlon Humphrey.
The spotlight of observe got here from one other connection between Jackson and Duvernay. Jackson heaved the ball roughly 20 yards down the sphere, and Duvernay twisted and contorted his physique to make a diving catch to the bottom in entrance of cornerback Kevon Seymour.
“I love it,” guard Kevin Zeitler stated. “Everyone knows the quarterback is the heart and soul of your team, and the team is only going to go so far with the QB. Him being out here, doing his thing, working every day, it’s amazing for us, and [I] can’t wait for him to have his best year ever.”
Jackson, who seems to be bulkier than in earlier years, drew loud cheers from the followers in attendance throughout particular person drills. His throws on air had been exact, particularly down the sphere.
“I would say he’s better all-around this year,” Bateman stated. “I feel like all of us are. We all took this offseason pretty serious because we’re hungry and ready for more. I’m excited to see what we do.”
Ravens damage updates
Nine gamers had been absent from Wednesday’s observe. While Harbaugh acknowledged that operating back J.Ok. Dobbins (knee) needs to get back on the sphere, he stays on the bodily unable to carry out (PUP) record. Harbaugh talked about that Dobbins would do some particular person work after observe with out including any perception into the exercise.
Along with Dobbins, fellow operating back Gus Edwards, offensive sort out Ronnie Stanley, linebacker Tyus Bowser, cornerback Marcus Peters, and security Ar’Darius Washington remained on the PUP record. Guard Ben Cleveland, who’s competing for the beginning left guard job, was positioned on the non-football damage (NFI) record forward of observe.
Tight finish Charlie Kolar, who isn’t on any damage record, is coping with a attainable sports activities hernia and didn’t observe.
Second-round choose David Ojabo was not on the observe area as he’s the one draft choose within the NFL who hasn’t signed a rookie contract. However, he wouldn’t have been in a position to take part even when he had signed a deal, as he suffered an Achilles tear through the draft course of and hasn’t been cleared to work out. After observe, Harbaugh stated that there isn’t a replace on Ojabo’s contract standing.
Defensive backs have their moments
As with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ exercise earlier in PFN’s Training Camp Tour, the Ravens protection did a pleasant job on Day 1. There had been fairly a couple of go breakups in crew drills later within the exercise.
Humphrey had the defensive play of the day with the aforementioned go breakup on a throw from Jackson to Bateman. Humphrey set free a yell when the observe began, and after the exercise, he stated he was excited to go up towards his teammates this summer season. Humphrey’s battles with Bateman will probably be a major function of camp.
During 7-on-7 drills, new high-priced security Marcus Williams broke up a go over the center from backup QB Anthony Brown to tight finish Mark Andrews. On the following play, security Tony Jefferson broke up a go from Brown to tight finish Nick Boyle. The go was a gorgeous loft throw that hit Boyle within the palms, however Jefferson was in a position to wrangle the ball unfastened.
Quick hits from Ravens coaching camp
- Prior to observe, the Ravens signed former USFL wideout Bailey Gaither. The wideout performed for the Pittsburgh Maulers within the spring league.
- Running back Corey Clement, previously of the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, was on the observe area sporting No. 31. He was fairly energetic for a participant who simply signed the day earlier than.
- Backup QB Tyler Huntley had a powerful over-the-middle reference to wideout Tyler Wallace in 11-on-11 drills. Huntley was pressured to maneuver round within the pocket earlier than taking an ungainly angle to throw. The ball nonetheless hit Wallace in stride for an enormous acquire. Later, Huntley ended observe with one other good strike to Wallace.
- Tight finish Josh Oliver made a powerful contested catch over the center on a ball from Jackson in 11-on-11. He is clearly competing for a deep-depth tight finish spot behind Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle. The Ravens drafted Kolar and Isaiah Likely in April, so the percentages are stacked towards him a bit.
- On Thursday, the PFN Training Camp Tour continues with a cease in Ashburn, Va., for the Washington Commanders’ coaching camp observe.