Baltimore Ravens expect Lamar Jackson’s return next week in ‘great condition’ – Baltimore Ravens blog

OWINGS MILLS Md. — Baltimore Ravens Coach John Harbaugh stated Wednesday that he expected quarterback Lamar Jackson To report to mandatory minicamp next Wednesday

“I know he works hard… Harbaugh stated that he fully expects him to be in great shape when he returns. “I'm certain he's throwing. He's doing an excellent job. We'll all be playing with Lamar when he returns.

Jackson has not been able to participate in the team's three weeks of team activities. He also skipped eight of the voluntary workouts. This is the first time in Jackson’s five-year NFL career that he has chosen not to attend the spring workouts, and Jackson hasn’t given a reason for his absence.

Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP is entering his fifth year option. This will pay him $23.016million this season. Baltimore could use the franchise tag against Jackson if the sides fail to reach a deal by February.

After being absent from the first OTAs last month, Jackson tweeted “Can’t wait to get back” and told teammates that he would return soon. Jackson has been holding private sessions with wide receivers in Florida, California and Florida. Rashod Bateman And James Proche IIAdam Dedeaux is also a throwing coach.

Greg Roman, Ravens offensive coordinator, stated last week that Jackson will need to catch up when he returns.

“We kind of went back and changed some things and added some things,” Roman said. There are certainly some new things. There are also a bunch of things that he’s pretty well-adjusted to — probably 80% stuff he knows, 20% stuff that we look forward to working on.”

Along with the changes in the schematic, the Ravens will be redefining their offense in terms personnel. After trading Marquise “Hollywood” Brown The Arizona Cardinals in April, Baltimore’s new No. Bateman is Baltimore's new No. 1. Bateman was Jackson's wide receiver last season, but he played in only seven games due to injuries. In the fourth round, two tight end pass-catching passes were added by the Ravens.Charlie Kolar And Isaiah LikelyTo complement Mark Andrews This will give you more options to pass an offense that was 13th in the NFL last year.

Baltimore took a first-round selection in the starting center for its offensive line Tyler Linderbaum And signed right tackle Morgan Moses In free agency. In the backfield Mike Davis The top back is where it should be. J.K. Dobbins And Gus EdwardsBoth are recovering from torn anterior cruciate ligaments and will be returning to training camp.

In total, there could be as many as five different offensive starters in this season's opener compared to last year’s first game.

Jackson's last public statement regarding his absence was May 27th, when he responded to criticisms from Chris Simms, NBC Sports analyst, on Twitter about missing the spring practice.

“Lamar wants to be Lamar,” Jackson wrote. “This part of OTAs is voluntary. I will be there, but not on your watch. It’s probably other QBs not attending voluntary OTAs either. Since it’s Lamar, it’s a huge deal. Find something else to talk about.”

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes And Josh Allen Also, they missed OTAs to take part in The Match charity golf event. Kyler Murray Also, some OTAs were missed before I returned.

The Ravens’ offense has faced increased scrutiny since Jackson was the unanimous NFL MVP in 2019, when Baltimore led the league in scoring at 33.2 points per game. In games in which Jackson has started, the Ravens’ scoring dropped to an average of 28.1 points in 2020 and 23.5 points in 2021.

Roman was asked if he was sad that Jackson had not attended OTAs.

“I’m not going to get into all of that,” Roman said. “I’ll let you talk to him about that, but our job as coaches is to develop everybody to their fullest, and when they’re here, we can do that. That’s what we’re focused on right now. I’m sure that Lamar is working hard, but he’ll have the chance, I’m sure at some point, to talk to you guys about that.”

The Ravens are now looking for Jackson after he was absent from OTAs. Tyler HuntleyJackson's fill-in, he was 1-3 last season. He had two close-ups of the final. Green Bay Packers The eventual Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams. Huntley showed great skill during open practices, with some impressive strikes downfield followed by some open targets.

‘”The reps have been great for him. I think he’s doing a good job,” Harbaugh said. “He’s running the offense really well. Communication at the line has been great. He is always able to be more consistent. I think that’s something he’s shooing for.”

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