Ravens roundtable: Breaking down the stars and the surprises of OTAs and minicamp

The Ravens’ summer break is finally here.

With offseason workouts, organized team activities and mandatory minicamp behind them, the Ravens scattered last week for a monthlong vacation. Players will report to Owings Mills for training camp in late July and kick off their 2022 season Sept. 11.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson dominated the headlines all offseason, and that trend might very well continue during the summer hiatus. But there was plenty more to unpack from the team’s workouts. Here’s what stood out to Baltimore Sun reporters Childs Walker, Jonas Shaffer and Ryan McFadden from OTAs and minicamp.

What’s your biggest takeaway from the Ravens’ OTAs and minicamp?

Childs Walker: However many days, weeks or months we spend trying to make sense of Jackson’s long-term plans, his contract situation is unlikely to harm the Ravens’ prospects for 2022. The Ravens we heard from over the last month said they were sold on Jackson’s commitment to the team and on his ability to lead it. Their belief in the franchise quarterback still seems genuine, not strained. When Jackson hit the field for minicamp, he did not look like a player who had wasted his spring. His arm was lively, his demeanor on the field businesslike, and he carried a few extra pounds of muscle for good measure. Although Jackson said his extension is a subject of ongoing discussions, he gave every indication he’s ready to play well in his fifth season.

Jonas Shaffer: The passing offense sure looks a lot more dynamic when Jackson’s the one leading it. In OTAs, when backup Tyler Huntley had to practice against the first-team defense, his drop-backs tended to feel risk-averse. There were some nice downfield completions, but more often, he was finding a running back in the flat or a wide receiver short of the …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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