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Ravens Take Field For Rookie Minicamp

May 07, 2018 - 4:16 pm

By Joe Schiller

After a highly anticipated draft that left the Baltimore Ravens with 12 new additions, they were one of nine NFL teams to begin rookie minicamp this past weekend. Paired with undrafted free agent signings and tryout players, rookies were given the opportunity to step on the field at the professional level for the first time in their young careers.

All eyes surrounded quarterback Lamar Jackson and head coach John Harbaugh seemed to like what he saw.

“The thing that I was really impressed with was I thought he was accurate,” Harbaugh said. “You read the reports and stuff like that, but he’s a naturally talented thrower; he has natural arm talent. That’s something that people were questioning. So to see him out here throwing the ball naturally, very accurately, I thought was a big plus.”

Jackson is expected to sit behind starter Joe Flacco but the Ravens want to utilize the former Heisman Trophy winner as much as possible. His dual-threat ability is one that could give the team a dangerous dynamic in certain packages this season.

Fellow first-round pick Hayden Hurst was reportedly impressive during a small sample size on the field.  His sure hands will be crucial in the passing game this season. Flacco has played his best football with a reliable security blanket at the tight end position. It’s something the Ravens haven’t had in quite some time.

The addition of Hurst and teammate Mark Andrews bring those capabilities this season.

The Ravens spent a bulk of their draft picks improving the offense and wide receiver Jordan Lasley could be a dark horse candidate to produce this season.

Harbaugh praised the rookie pass-catcher saying, “Yes, he flashed. He flashed athleticism – smooth, quick, made a couple catches out there, loves to play, loves to practice, boisterous kind of guy. He was fun to be around.”

With the speed and deep ball potential Lasley possesses, the Ravens may have found them a steal in the fifth round.

It’s important to remember, however, that all players excel in shorts and without pads. We’ll have a better opportunity to evaluate talent once offseason programs begin to start up.

The Ravens take a break before beginning Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on May 21st.