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With Taylor, Ravens just don't know yet

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With Taylor, Ravens just don't know yet

Is Tyrod Taylor a good choice for the Ravens No. 2 quarterback? The issue about Taylor isnt necessarily his talent. He possesses a darting quickness and a live arm. But how would that translate if the Ravens were forced to rely on him should something happen to Joe Flacco?

We dont know. And the Ravens dont know. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron acknowledged as much when speaking about Taylor to the media on Tuesday. (Thanks to baltimoreravens.com for the transcript.)

Everybody can see the talent that Tyrod has. Hes a very good player, Cameron said, and hell get better the more and more he plays and the more experience he gets.

I dont see any limits on what he can be as a quarterback either. I really have a lot of confidence. I know quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell and our staff do as well. Hes a very good player, but hes a very good, young player. Theres no shortcut. They just have to keep getting better, better and better, and I think he will continue to do that.

But preseason games can only do much for a quarterbacks progression. They cant truly be trials by fire that a QB gets in a regular-season game.

I dont know if youre ever comfortable with a second-year quarterback, Cameron said,
because they are just learning so much as they go. Theres no substitute for getting out there and getting the game experience.

Until quarterbacks get that game experience, its hard to play at a high level consistently, because people get on to you, and theyre making you play to your weakness and then you have to get those corrected. Tyrod hasnt had that experience yet.

In other words, Taylor has to be challenged to get out of his comfort zone.

People will realize, We cant let this guy move around, Cameron said. They are going to lock him in the pocket, find out what he can do in the pocket. Then his game will continue to evolve.

In conclusion, Cameron expresses his confidence in Taylor again with a caveat.

He can light you up in the pocket; I believe that. Hes accurate, hes quick with it, hes smart. He just doesnt have that game experience yet.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

With training camp just six days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. Ian Rapoport reported that the Ravens have placed Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson and two others on the reserve/NFI list. He later added that Brown is still recovering from Lisfranc surgery but is "progressing well" and Ferguson is dealing with a "minor hamstring" injury.

2. The entire Baltimore Ravens class is officially under contract after the signing of wide receiver Miles Boykin. Boykin was a third-round pick out of Notre Dame.

3. Michael Vick joined The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Friday morning and when asked which young quarterbacks in the NFL most emulate his style, he answered: "Lamar Jackson" along with Kyler Murray and Cam Newton.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

The number eight is sports royalty in the city of Baltimore thanks to Cal Ripken Jr.

If Lamar Jackson has the career many are hoping for, he’ll be another reason for that one day down the road.

For now, he’s a young, athletic quarterback entering his second season in Charm City. But his successful rookie year hasn’t been reflected in Madden NFL 20’s newest ratings.

Jackson came in with an overall rating of 76, tied for 24th among all quarterbacks. Unsurprisingly, his athleticism is highly-regarded, as he leads all signal-callers in speed, acceleration, agility, and elusiveness.

Questions abound about his throwing abilities, leading to the low rating. But that’s not a concern for Jackson himself.

“I can’t feel no way,” the quarterback told media members prior to throwing out the first pitch at the Orioles-Nationals game Wednesday night. “You know, I don’t make Madden. That’s them. But I feel like our team, we’re going to show ‘em this season.”

Jackson continued to praise the Ravens roster. When asked about the high ratings for teammates like Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Earl Thomas, Jackson put his thoughts quite succinctly: “We look stacked!”

Of course, with speed and acceleration ratings like Jackson has, it’s fun to imagine how he might fit in on a baseball diamond as well.

“Whew, somewhere in the middle, to make a play,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde decided when asked where the Ravens quarterback might play on his roster.

“I’m looking forward to meeting him. I’m a big football fan, so watched him play a lot. And if he wanted to play center field or up the middle, it’d be great,” Hyde continued.

The speedy quarterback agreed, though it came with a caveat.

“Probably,” Jackson quickly answered when asked about his best fit being center field. “But you know, I’m the Ravens QB right now, so I’m good.”

He doesn’t know what his walk-up song would be if he played baseball, but Jackson was definitive about one thing at least: his hot dog preferences.

“I don’t really eat mustard,” he emphasized. “So I just put ketchup, relish...I just go from there. Pretty standard.”

When he’s not eating hot dogs, Jackson is working hard to build chemistry with his new receiving corps, and he seemed optimistic about the results it will bring on the field.

“Looking pretty good,” he described. “You’ll have to see for yourself.”

Knowing how many dual Orioles and Ravens fans there are in Baltimore, Jackson was also happy to provide a little hope as the city’s attention starts to shift from baseball to football. He gave a message to O’s fans who have sat through months of losing baseball and are looking to the Ravens to bring winning back to the city.

“Look forward to us coming out and balling,” he said. “Can’t say too much right now, [the] season’s not here!”

The Ravens season will be here soon enough, and when it is, Jackson will be ready to go out and show both local and national fans what he can do, regardless of what his Madden rating says.

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