Lamar Jackson Sits vs. Eagles, But 'Hollywood' Brown Makes His Debut


Instead of getting more preseason reps Thursday, Lamar Jackson got the night off.

It is, however, the debut of first-round rookie wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown.

Jackson was on the field during pregame warmups, but changed into a T-shirt before the game started Jackson likely won't play again until the regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

The Ravens' starting quarterback played 16 snaps in the preseason opener versus the Jacksonville Jaguars and 22 snaps last week against the Green Bay Packers. Jackson also took dozens of reps during joint practices with the Eagles on Monday and Tuesday and looked particularly sharp during Tuesday's practice.

However, three of the five offensive linemen who may start Week 1 did not practice Tuesday and were not on the field during pregame warmups – left tackle Ronnie Stanley, left guard Jermaine Eluemunor and right guard Marshal Yanda. Those absences may have played into the decision not to start Jackson behind an injury-depleted offensive line.

With Jackson not playing and backup Robert Griffin III still recovering from a preseason hand injury, Trace McSorley and Joe Callahan are the quarterbacks in action Thursday night. It was an opportunity for McSorley, a sixth-round pick from Penn State, to play well in his attempt to secure a place on the 53-man roster.

Brown did not play in the Ravens' first two preseason games as he built up in practice. He'll now have two games to get ready for the regular season.

The speedster got the ball on the Ravens' first offensive play of the game, making a catch for a 7-yard gain.

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