By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports activities Author
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Lamar Jackson is again at follow, and Baltimore coach John Harbaugh expects the star quarterback to catch up fairly simply to the place the remainder of the staff is in its preparation.
“He’ll merge proper in,” Harbaugh mentioned, utilizing vehicles on a freeway as a metaphor.
Jackson was on the sphere Saturday, a day after the Ravens activated him from the COVID-19 listing. He hadn’t practiced but throughout coaching camp, however with the primary preseason sport nonetheless every week away, the staff has loads of time earlier than the beginning of the season turns into imminent.
Jackson wasn’t out there to reporters Saturday, however Harbaugh gave a constructive analysis of his follow.
“I assumed he appeared actually good. I’d say he appeared even higher than I anticipated him to,” Harbaugh mentioned. “You are coming off 10 days away, he hadn’t began but. COVID is hard. He had signs. He had plenty of signs.”
The Ravens will hope this bout with COVID-19 was his final. Jackson additionally examined constructive final season and missed a sport. Harbaugh mentioned he tried to make use of his time productively throughout this most up-to-date absence.
“He was in conferences when he might be, when he was in a position to be. Conditioning to the diploma that he was in a position to — not loads, particularly early. Towards the top slightly bit,” Harbaugh mentioned. “He obtained hit fairly exhausting with the signs.”
The Ravens host New Orleans of their preseason opener subsequent Saturday night time. Harbaugh mentioned Jackson’s absence hasn’t precipitated the staff to vary something about its plans for reps and enjoying time.
“We’re simply going to maintain the practice shifting,” Harbaugh mentioned. “We caught with our set up, guys have responded very effectively, and we’re staying proper on schedule.”
The Ravens ranked final within the NFL in passing final season, they usually added receiver Sammy Watkins to the fold this offseason. Additionally they drafted receiver Rashod Bateman within the first spherical.
Jackson should now make up for misplaced time working along with his receivers, though the well being of that unit has additionally been a problem. Bateman has handled muscle tightness, and receiver Marquise Brown has been restricted by hamstring points.
NOTES: Harbaugh mentioned CB Jimmy Smith (ankle sprain) needs to be out every week or two, which Harbaugh characterised as excellent news. … LB Justin Houston, who agreed to a contract with the Ravens late final month, mentioned he almost signed with rival Pittsburgh however selected Baltimore as an alternative. “It simply labored out higher,” he mentioned.
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