Jaguars vs Ravens: Football is back baby! If you don’t care about the return of football, then you are in the wrong place. This is the first week of the 2019 NFL preseason, and the Baltimore Ravens take the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Baltimore begins its preseason home game at M&T Bank Stadium as they hope to continue their unbeaten 13-0 streak over the past three years. While pre-season games often lead to rudeness and noise due to the fact that they are not real football, for many team players this is perhaps the biggest opportunity to consolidate themselves with 53 people.
In anticipation of the pre-season match on August 8, Crows and Jaguars participated in joint training last Monday and Tuesday. Typically, in joint practice, pent-up aggression and the August weather end with some kind of struggle or conflict between the teams. This time, however, the efforts were productive for both sides.
Jacksonville and Baltimore met only once in the pre-season 2012 season, where crows dominated 48-12. This year Baltimore won the Super Bowl, and quarterback Joe Flacco won the MVP.
Both teams will be different starting quarterbacks of the first week than a year ago: Lamar Jackson will replace Joe Flacco on the Ravens, and Nick Falls will replace Blake Borthles on the Jaguars. Jackson won’t see much time, and with a backup of Robert Griffin III dealing with a thumb injury, the third row of the Ravens QB Trace McSorley will get many shots.
The Jaguars did not live up to expectations in the 2018-2019 season, failing to get into the playoffs after the narrow loss of the AFC Championship to the New England Patriots just a year earlier. Falls is likely to get a few reps with his first team on Thursday, but the team is not in danger of getting hurt, as he was their largest free agent acquisition.
Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson began aptly throwing in seven-on-seven exercises against talented assistant Jacksonville. He made a beautiful pass down the field to the wide Jalen Scott dual-coverage receiver and demonstrated excellent time on his attempts. He missed more throws in work 11 on 11, but overall played well.
Orlando Brown Jr. opposed Jacksonville Calais Campbell’s defensive end, a four-time professional bowler. Brown, who entered his second training camp as a supposed starter with the right decision, but was forced to take replays from the second team for most of the first week after he failed the preparation test, returned to the game in the first team.
I use everything in my life as a motivation – good or bad, ”Brown said. “I’m just happy to be there right now, and I’m going to continue to work. He got better with the team coaches.
Orlando worked hard, ”Harbo said. “Not that he was in bad shape, but he was just heavy. He did a really good job to lose that weight. He still has ways, but not too far. I think he moves his legs much better than at the beginning of the camp, because he is lighter.
Also on Monday, Ravens traded offensive line player Alex Lewis, a former starter who is expected to fight for clicks in left defense, with the New York Jets. New York acquired the draft in the fourth round of 2016, waiting for the physical before it was turned down. Reportedly, the Crows received a conditional selection of the seventh round of 2020 in return.
The news came two days after Lewis, who started a training camp with a physically incapable of fulfilling the list while recovering from a shoulder injury in the offseason, relayed his physical message. Although Lewis’s decision to rehabilitate off-team during this offseason seemed to displease Ravens officials, he was regularly at the training camp, watching the offensive line lead away.
But injuries limited him to 20 games during his first three seasons, and Ravens would save more than $ 2 million in salary restrictions with his departure. Third-year player Jermain Elymunor and rookie Ben Powers made reruns of the first team in left defense. Harbo pointed out that the team is still looking for a breakthrough player.