One of Lamar Jackson’s prettiest throws is his deep ball, and he had it working in Sunday’s practice.
Jackson connected with wide receivers Willie Snead IV and Jaleel Scott on perfect long touchdown passes that dropped right over their shoulders. It’s just Day 4, but they were two of Jackson’s best throws of training camp so far.
In a separate red-zone drill, Jackson adeptly moved away from pressure from his right to hit Snead for a good-looking touchdown toss on the move. After a false start created a third-and-goal from the 7-yard line, Jackson made a nice throw over the middle for a touchdown to tight end Mark Andrews, who snuck by Tony Jefferson and spun the ball in celebration.
Overall, Jackson displayed his wide repertoire of throws.
In one 11-on-11 session in which the offense started backed up against its own goal line, Jackson drilled a throw to Seth Roberts on the far sideline to move the chains.
On another play, Jackson nimbly slid in the pocket to avoid the pass rush, then side-armed a toss to running back Mark Ingram II, who would have had a big gain.
Here are more takeaways from Sunday’s practice:
- The Ravens held their first padded practice Saturday night at M&T Bank Stadium. They were back in pads Sunday afternoon in low 90-degree temperatures and the team responded well with another high intensity practice. They’re grinding. The team has practice Monday before its first off day on Tuesday.
- The drills were “live” during certain segments and reserve inside linebacker Alvin Jones took advantage when he absolutely hammered running back Tyler Ervin.
- Veteran cornerback Brandon Carr caused rookie running back Justice Hill to fumble on an outside run. Hill dove on it, but it was still not good. Ball security is of utmost importance in this offense. Hill bounced back later in practice with a blazing long run up the middle.
The Ravens had their first padded practice at the Under Armour Performance Center on a hot Sunday afternoon.
- Jackson made a mistake trying to make too much of a broken play when a snap was too low and wide. Jackson muffed it, picked it up off the ground and tried to complete a pass down the middle to Chris Moore, but it sailed on Jackson and was nearly picked off by Earl Thomas III.
- The second- and third-team offense struggled with false starts, creating multiple penalties during the same drive. Snead barked at the unit to get it right and it seemed Jackson went into the huddle to say something as well.
- Rookie quarterback Trace McSorley shouldered a much heavier load on offense with Robert Griffin III (fractured hand) sidelined. Griffin still dressed and went through the motions of playing quarterback, but will have to rest his hand.
- Second-year defensive end Zach Sieler blew up one run by Ervin in the backfield following a couple false starts.
- The defense showed some of its speed when Jackson wisely threw right over the top of an edge blitz. That could have gone for a long gain, but linebacker Kenny Young and others swarmed to the spot to stop it for what would have been a minimal gain.