Second-year wide receiver Jordan Lasley is fighting for a roster spot, and during a hot Monday practice, his competitiveness continued after the snap.
Lasley got into a brief skirmish with cornerbacks Cyrus Jones and Bennett Jackson. It started when Jones and Lasley exchanged punches, then Jackson came over and wrestled Lasley to the ground.
“Stuff like that happens,” Lasley said. “Brothers fight, that’s what we do. We’re just out here competing, that’s it.”
Shortly after the skirmish, Lasley caught a touchdown pass, then celebrated by tossing the ball into the pond behind the far practice field.
“That was just a little get-back at the defense,” he said. “It was a touchdown. You score in the red zone, you get a touchdown, you launch it into the pond. I learned that from Michael Crabtree.”
Lasley said he had already spoken to Jones and Jackson, and that nobody held hard feelings.
“Everything’s all good,” Lasley said. “These are my teammates. I have to see these guys every single day. We smile, we joke, we’re in the same exact meetings as soon as we get out of here. I’m not a vengeful, grudge-holding guy like that, but I do compete really hard and that’s what I was doing.”
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Lasley and Head Coach John Harbaugh had a brief discussion in the middle of the field, but Harbaugh downplayed the skirmish, especially with the Ravens practicing for the fifth consecutive day. The Ravens have been in full pads for three straight days and temperatures were hot Sunday and Monday.
“Was that a fight?” Harbaugh said. “Tempers are going to flare. It’s the dog days and you’re going to have moments.
“I feel like the players are handling it very well. We have been grinding. As Anthony Levine said when he broke the huddle today, ‘This was a dog day.’”
The stakes at practice are high for Lasley, who did not play a snap last season as a rookie. With Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Willie Snead IV, Miles Boykin and Chris Moore considered locks to make the roster, the Ravens still have eight other receivers perhaps competing for just two spots. Jaleel Scott and undrafted rookies Antoine Wesley and Sean Modster have also stood out so far.
Here’s how Lasley views his quest to make the team.
“Work my [butt] off on special teams, be consistent catching the ball,” Lasley said. “Be a guy that, whoever the quarterback is, can count on. And make plays. That’s the definition of a wide receiver.”
In other Monday practice news:
- Lamar Jackson threw his first two interceptions since the first day of training camp, but still had a decent day. His mechanics and accuracy continue to look more consistent than last year.
- Marlon Humphrey had one of the interceptions against Jackson, as the Ravens’ cornerbacks continued to play at a high level. Humphrey also celebrated his interception with a throw, tossing the ball into the stands.
- Second-year safety DeShon Elliott knocked the ball free from wide receiver Seth Roberts after he made a catch, and Elliott was around the football a lot. With Earl Thomas III and Tony Jefferson in front of him on the depth chart, Elliott doesn’t have a clear window for playing time, but he’s doing his part to get onto the field.
- Snead has had a couple very strong days in a row and made several nice catches over the middle. Rookie Miles Boykin had another good day and has made the biggest buzz among the wide receivers. Snead seems to be picking up where he left off last season, when he led the team with 62 catches.
- Seven players were absent from practice Monday – Brown, Thomas, offensive linemen Randin Crecelius, Jermaine Eluemunor and Alex Lewis; outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, and cornerback Tavon Young. Harbaugh said Eluemunor and Young have minor “muscle issues” and are expected back on the field this week, perhaps as soon as Wednesday. The Ravens will be off Tuesday.