The frustration from members of the Baltimore Ravens offense over the past few days of training camp has been visible and audible.
After Thursday’s practice, which was only a walk-through, new offensive coordinator Todd Monken said bluntly, “It’s not hard to project because we’re not really good right now. We have a long way to go.”
Friday’s practice included quarterback Lamar Jackson punting a football and tossing aside his helmet after another blitzer got a free run at him and forced him to throw the ball away, and Jackson’s favorite target, tight end Mark Andrews, flipping off and yelling an expletive at a referee for not calling defensive pass interference.
Jackson and Andrews’ displays came during a practice in which the offense registered a rare win over the defense, at least according to the scoring system devised by head coach John Harbaugh and his staff.
“It’s a reflection of their perfectionism,” Harbaugh said following the practice. “They’re chasing perfection, and that’s what you want to see from your players. When your players take that mindset, you’re going to have a chance. Coaches pretty much always have that mindset. When the players take on that personality because they feel like they’re capable of it, that’s what you want to see. The offense had a good practice today.”
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Friday was the Ravens’ ninth training camp practice and the new-look offense has shown signs of improvement. There have been some struggles in the red zone and the offensive line has had issues dealing with the team’s defensive front. For the most part, Jackson and the Ravens’ three other quarterbacks have kept the ball out of harm’s way. However, the offense hasn’t generated too many big plays downfield.
Still, it was always expected that this group would be a work in progress. Team officials anticipated that when the decision was made for former offensive coordinator Greg Roman to move on and he was replaced by Monken, with the promise of a more balanced offense with more of a reliance on Jackson’s arm than his legs. That’s pretty much how it has played out, and it surely hasn’t helped that projected starting running back J.K. Dobbins and wide receiver Rashod Bateman have yet to practice thi…. to be continued
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