Lamar Jackson ran the Baltimore Ravens offense for much of the last mini camp practice.
The Baltimore Ravens gave Lamar Jackson most of the work at quarterback in their last mini camp practice and he performed well. The Ravens let him work with the starters and had him run the offense. Make no mistake, the Ravens were pushing Jackson, and it sounds like he passed with flying colors. Here is three things to think about here:
1. Ravens show commitment to Jackson
It would be easy to tell Jackson to get some mental repetitions and treat him like a back up quarterback. The Ravens after all, plan on starting Joe Flacco in 2018 and the present moment is what matters when you’ve missed the playoffs three years in a row. Harbaugh gave a big chunk of work to Jackson and it is very meaningful.
The Ravens showed Jackson that they believe in him. The franchise is actively trying to bring Jackson up as their next franchise quarterback. They drafted him because as a orginization they believe in him. The Ravens wanted to see how much progress Jackson was making. The fact that they tested him so early, in minicamp, shows that this is important to them. The fact that Jackson is getting showered with praise is intriguing. The Ravens aren’t forcing it with their rookie passer, he’s showing the goods and doing so confidently.
In the Flacco era this has never happened before. A quarterback not named Flacco stealing the show is new. The Ravens never had the real deal behind number 5, now they do.