Ravens Gearing Up For Jags

Camp Notes Ravens Gearing Up For Jags

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The Ravens wore shorts and had a light Day 9 training camp session in preparation for hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars this coming week. The teams have a pair of practices and a preseason game.

There were also no fireworks like the previous day when cornerback/returner Cyrus Jones was kicked out of practice by coach John Harbaugh. 

The most eye-raising part of the day was that right guard Marshal Yanda missed his third practice in the last four days. Coach John Harbaugh said Yanda has been battling a minor ankle/foot injury, but nothing serious. 

“Yanda is not a serious injury. He had a little ankle/foot thing,” Harbaugh said. “He wanted to practice today, and I’m like, ‘Eh. How about we just take it easy for today?’ “

Also missing practice were offensive linemen Alex Lewis (PUP) and Randin Crecelius.

Safety Earl Thomas; RB Mark Ingram and DB Anthony Levine received a veteran day off.

Backup quarterback Robert Griffin III is out with a fracture in his right hand, but he was throwing the ball with a glove. This is an encouraging sign that he might be ready for the regular-season opener. 

Starter Lamar Jackson clearly had more zip on his passes. With the exception of overthrowing a pair of receivers, Jackson was mostly sharp in the 11-on-11 drills.

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Jackson was especially impressive on one particular play when he scampered out of the right side of the pocket to avoid a cornerback blitz by Tavon Young and threw a tight touchdown pass to Mark Andrews.

“I’m really pleased with the passing game,” Harbaugh said. “The offense is always a little bit behind the defense. You can never predict where it’s going to go, but it’s been really good. It’s been crisp and sharp. Our defense just says, ‘Hey, it’s a lot of stuff to defend.’ We have a lot of guys out there making plays. As a coach, it makes me happy. I’m excited about it.”

Rookie receiver Miles Boykin continued his stellar camp with a couple of deft grabs along the sideline. He has been the most impressive receiver in camp.

Second-year receiver Jaleel Scott let out a growl after dropping an easy screen pass. He made up for the gaffe later in practice with an impressive over-the-shoulder touchdown reception.

Hayden Hurst has emerged as one of the most physical players in camp. In one sequence, he caught a pass across the middle and sent cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste sprawling backward after contact.

Running back De’Lance Turner flashed among the running backs with some nice catches and a few hard runs. 

Ravens Jaguars practice

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The Jaguars are due Monday. The biggest question is whether Jaylen Ramsey will show up with another brinks truck? 

‘This year, the Jaguars called,” Harbaugh said. “Their GM [David Caldwell] and our GM, Eric [DeCosta], are very close. It felt like maybe something that would work, and it worked out. Of course, with the Eagles, [head coach] Doug Pederson, we have a good relationship with them just like we did with [Colts head coach] Frank Reich last year and the teams last year. So, yes, it’s good.”




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