Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday he expects star quarterback Lamar Jackson to return to the team for a mandatory minicamp next week. Jackson has not participated in the team’s voluntary practices so far this season.
“I hope he will be here in the mandatory minicamp,” said Harbaugh. “I’m not worried about how hard he’s working. I’m sure he’ll come back in great form. That’s what he talks about. I’m sure he’s throwing. I’m sure he’s good.” is working. And when he’s back here, we’ll go with Lamar. Right now, we’ll roll with the guys we’ve met. When he gets here, he’ll get along with everyone and we’ll work with Lamar Will go to do it.”
Voluntary exercises began more than two weeks ago. In response to criticism by an NFL analyst about his continued absence from organized team activities, Jackson tweeted on May 27 that he “will be there” but has yet to make an appearance.
Jackson has worked with Ravens receivers during the off-season, although not in team practice nor in a practice facility. Players who do not participate in the mandatory minicamp without any excuse are subject to fines.
The 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player is entering the final year of his rookie contract and has not settled on a long-term deal with the Ravens, although general manager Eric DeCosta said he remains committed to doing so. However, DeCosta said the talks would take place “at Lamar’s pace”.
If Jackson doesn’t participate in the minicamp, his teammates are excited to have their top quarterback back on the field.
“The biggest thing right now is to ramp up the competition,” said linebacker Patrick Queen. “We’ve been at this for like five weeks now. Let’s play football now, knowing we won’t have pads and everything. It’s still good to get your true versus true people.”
With Jackson not present, backups Tyler Huntley, Brett Hundley and Anthony Brown played quarterback in practice. Huntley started four games last season while Jackson sat out with an ankle injury, but struggled in Wednesday’s practice. Among all quarterbacks, at least eight passes were tipped to the line of scrimmage.
Other players absent on Wednesday included safety Marcus Williams, defensive ends Kailas Campbell and Derek Wolff, offensive tackles Ronnie Stanley and Morgan Moses, nose tacklers Michael Pierce, cornerbacks Kyle Fuller, running backs JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards, cornerbacks Marcus Peters and outlines. Linebacker Tyes Bowser was involved. and David Ojabo.