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Lamar Jackson Given the Reigns in Final Minicamp Practice

June 15, 2018 - 9:43 am

By Joe Schiller 

The Baltimore Ravens wrapped up their final day of mandatory minicamp on Thursday and it wasn’t Joe Flacco leading the first-team offense. Rookie Lamar Jackson was given the reigns under center and ran with the 1’s, 2’s and 3’s for the majority of the practice.

“It was something Marty [Mornhinweg] came up with early in the week and decided we wanted to do it,” said head coach John Harbaugh. “But Lamar is the guy who’s the rookie that needs them the most. Just putting him out there today, and giving him a chance, putting the pressure on him to have to really run the whole practice, operate the offense, was valuable.”

Local media raved about Jackson’s performance during practice and he continues to make strides since the first day of rookie over one month ago. Through the national media circus, Michael Vick comparisons and all the excitement that surrounds Jackson, he continues to stay humble and hungry.

Jackson is no stranger to being the leader of the offense. The former Heisman Trophy winner ran and excelled in Bobby Petrino’s offense for three years at Louisville. As Harbaugh noted, this was a chance for Jackson to have the pressure of leading a starting NFL unit. He’ll likely find the field the field one way or another in his rookie season and earned valuable reps in the process.

It shows just how highly the Ravens feel of Jackson at just 21 years old.

Yes, Joe Flacco is still the unquestioned starter heading into the regular season, but it’s hard to ignore the leaps and bounds Jackson is making in just a few weeks of being on the field. That figures to only continue as the offseason progresses.