The best toss-and-catch of Tuesday’s practice featured a promising combination for the Ravens’ offense.
Lamar Jackson made the throw, a pinpoint strike between two Jacksonville Jaguars defenders placed where only Mark Andrews could catch it. Andrews leapt and adjusted his body in midair to make the reception, showing impressive body control after running a precise pattern.
The Ravens hope to see that scene frequently this season – Jackson throwing to his tight ends with success. Given his size at 6-foot-4, 256 pounds and knack for finding little openings, Andrews could be a prime red-zone target for Jackson.
With Andrews, Hayden Hurst and Nick Boyle, the Ravens have a versatile tight end group that can make life easier for the Ravens’ second-year quarterback. Hurst continued his strong camp by getting behind Jaguars safety Ronnie Harrison for a deep completion, and Baltimore’s tight ends gave the Jaguars matchup problems.
“Making plays is really ‘the’ thing,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said of the Jackson-Andrews touchdown. “When it’s all said and done, all the scheme, everything we do, it’s going to come down to whether the player makes the play or not, in the end. So, when you see players make plays in an environment like that, it’s good.”
It was the last of two joint practices prior to the Ravens-Jaguars preseason opener Thursday (7:30 p.m.) at M&T Bank Stadium. In other practice developments:
- The Ravens’ secondary was beaten deep on several plays, including a long pass from Nick Foles to Chris Conley, who got past Ravens corner Jimmy Smith. Baltimore has one of the league’s top secondaries, but Foles completed more passes today than the Ravens wanted to see. It will give the Ravens some good tape to study.
- Jackson had another good day, but was picked off by Myles Jack late in practice on a tipped pass. Backup quarterback Trace McSorley also threw an interception, but McSorley also had a good throwing day. It would not be surprising to see McSorley get plenty of reps against the Jaguars in Thursday’s preseason opener.
- Rookie wide receiver Miles Boykin got a half-step on Jacksonville star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, but Ramsey got physical with Boykin as the ball was in the air and it sailed over their heads. No flag was thrown and Boykin didn’t make the catch. But it was another indication of Boykin’s deceptive speed.
- Rookie running back Justice Hill showed off his speed in the open field when he caught a swing pass in space and zoomed by a Jaguars defender for what would have been a big gain. When he has room to run, Hill will be tough to bring down.
- Undrafted linebacker Otaro Alaka scooped up a fumble and took it about 25 yards back to the end zone. Alaka is one of a trio of undrafted rookie inside linebackers trying to crack the 53-man roster.
- There were a couple of brief skirmishes but no fighting between the Jaguars and Ravens, despite a more physical practice and hotter temperatures.
Check out the action from the first day of joint practices with the Ravens and Jaguars.