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Lamar Jackson Ends Mandatory Minicamp on Strong Note

June 14, 2019 - 9:17 am

By Joe Schiller

With all of the offseason change - from free-agent additions, subtractions and draft picks - all eyes have remained on Lamar Jackson. 

Jackson entered the offseason as the full-fledged starter, with no questions about who will start under center. And after replacing an injured Joe Flacco midway through the 2018 season and helping lead the Ravens to an AFC North title and Wild Card berth, Jackson has shown improvements early into his second year. 

Those in attendance for the team's last mandatory minicamp practice praised Jackson and the offense's performance. 

Remember, the Ravens are completely transforming their offense under Greg Roman. It's a work in progress, Jackson is the main centerpiece around the success. 

Safety Earl Thomas, who's likely headed to Canton once it's all said and done, called Jackson a "star in the making." Team officials and fans will be excited to see that connection with Marquise "Hollywood" Brown this season. 

The Ravens break before training camp begins in July, but Jackson told reporters that he plans to get together with his receivers. There are plenty of new pass catchers in Baltimore and any added practice before the start of the season will be beneficial. 

Jackson hasn't been shy about critiquing his performance and being harsh on himself. That shows a strong sense of maturity from a player who is just 22-years-old. 

Even without practices being held at The Castle for a couple of weeks, I can bet Jackson will still be working during that span to improve upon his rookie season.