Coach: Lamar can speak for self on OTA absence

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Lamar Jackson is lacking the primary week of the Baltimore Ravens‘ organized crew actions, marking the primary time that the previous NFL MVP quarterback hasn’t been current on the voluntary spring exercises.

‘We have been down this highway many instances by way of the years,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh mentioned after Wednesday’s follow. “I am going to simply let Lamar converse for himself on that. It is for him to speak about. You may ask him.”

Requested if he is involved about Jackson lacking follow time, Harbaugh mentioned, “It isn’t for me to talk for any person else on that. It is as much as him to talk for himself on that.”

Jackson indicated on social media Tuesday that he wasn’t in attendance for the beginning of OTAs, however he did not present a cause for his absence. He tweeted, “Cannot wait to get again,” with purple coronary heart and rocket emojis.

Baltimore has eight remaining voluntary OTA practices by way of the center of June. Jackson is obligated to attend solely the crew’s obligatory minicamp, which is scheduled for June 14 by way of 16.

“If it was coaching camp, it would be actually dangerous,” cornerback Marlon Humphrey mentioned. “I believe so long as guys are working, regardless of the place they’re, that is the largest key. I spoke with Lamar earlier within the offseason. He mentioned he shall be coming in quickly.”

Ravens tight finish Mark Andrews mentioned he has spoken to Jackson and is aware of how arduous he is working away from the ability.

“He is extraordinarily motivated and very hungry,” Andrews mentioned. “So there isn’t any worries over there. I do know what he is doing and we’re all working and doing our job right here and preparing for him. We’ll be able to go and I am assured that he’ll be prepared and present all people what he is bought and the kind of starvation he has proper now.”

Jackson is getting into his fifth-year possibility, which can pay him $23.016 million this season. The Ravens are anticipated to position the franchise tag on him subsequent offseason if the perimeters cannot attain an extension.

Ravens normal supervisor Eric DeCosta has repeatedly mentioned the crew has tried to have interaction in long-term contract negotiations, however Jackson hasn’t been concerned about doing so. When requested about contract talks with Jackson earlier this month, DeCosta mentioned “nothing has actually modified on that entrance.”

Jackson has tried to squash hypothesis that he’s seeking to depart Baltimore. In March, he tweeted that he loves the Ravens and cited a “false narrative” that he’s contemplating leaving the franchise.

Jackson’s absence comes at a time when Baltimore is seeking to rebound from its first last-place end in 15 years. He is acquainted with the Ravens’ offense after taking part in the previous three seasons in offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s system. However Baltimore has one of many youngest teams of broad receivers within the NFL. Not one of the 12 receivers is older than 25, and none has performed greater than two seasons within the NFL.

Ravens officers have praised Jackson’s exercises away from the ability. Jackson has been throwing to broad receivers Rashod Bateman and James Proche throughout personal passing classes in Florida and California. He has additionally been coaching with throwing coach Adam Dedeaux.

“We’re getting nice reviews,” DeCosta mentioned earlier this month. “We discuss to him on a regular basis. We verify in with him on a regular basis. We discuss to different gamers. I consider — and I believe coach [John Harbaugh] feels this manner — that we’re poised to have an incredible 12 months on offense.”

Jackson is coming off his most difficult season of his four-year profession. Final season, he threw a career-worst 13 interceptions and was sacked a career-high 38 instances. He missed the final 4 video games with a proper ankle damage. Jackson’s final full follow with the Ravens was Dec. 10.

With Jackson not current, the one different quarterbacks on the Ravens’ roster are Tyler Huntley and undrafted rookie Anthony Brown.

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