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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson admits he got lazy with throwing mechanics

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson admits he got lazy with throwing mechanics

The Baltimore Ravens' full 2019 regular season schedule will be released Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST. Before all that happens, here's the latest Ravens news you need to know.

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1. The magnifying glass will be put on quarterback Lamar Jackson during his second season in the league. During the offseason, Jackson put that magnifying glass on himself and noticed mechanical issues in his passing game. 

“I was probably getting lazy, trying to make things happen with just my arm and not following through with my legs, and it showed a lot," Jackson said on completing just 58.2 percent of his passes in 2018. I would throw an inaccurate ball.”

The 2018 first-round pick has spent the offseason working with his former high school coach in Florida, as well as throwing with Ravens receivers. His teammates have already noticed a change in Jackson both mentally and physically. 

“Keeping a wide base, throwing out-breaking routes,” Jackson said via the Ravens website. “Just trying to be spot-on with my accuracy, trying to work on every attribute I can.”

2. 2019 free agency brought the departures of veteran leaders like Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle and Joe Flacco. Now as the team ushers in a new era of Ravens football, there's confidence among the team they will find their new leaders. 

“You walk in Day 1, 2019 and they aren’t there, it’s obviously something you can’t not notice," safety Tony Jefferson said Tuesday. “But, that’s how the business works. It’s Year 7. I’ve seen it all. It may not be how we wanted it to roll, but we got to roll either way. We are who we are. We’re the Ravens. We’re always going to be resilient, we’re going to be tough, physical."

Among those players who will step into new roles as leaders on the team is free agency addition Earl Thomas and Patrick Onwuasor.

“That’s the first thing Earl said, ‘We’re going to work on your leadership,’” Onwuasor said Tuesday. “That’s something that I kind of shy away from. It’ll probably be great for us.”

3. With the 2019 NFL Draft just about a week away, Michigan linebacker Devin Bush will be visiting the Ravens Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bush could help fill the holes left by Suggs and Mosley's departure. 


Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

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Lamar Jackson works out with free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown

Lamar Jackson works out with free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown

Lamar Jackson created a buzz throughout the entire 2019 season with his play on the field. 

Recently, he’s created a buzz off the field, too. 

Jackson took pictures with, and was filmed throwing to, free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown earlier Wednesday. The videos and pictures floated across social media and initiated a bit of a stir.

Ravens wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, who is cousins with Antonio Brown, was also attending the workouts. 

Antonio, who is 31, was cut by the Patriots after Week 2 last season. He is being investigated by the NFL for allegations of sexual assault against his trainer, Britney Taylor, who alleged that Antonio sexually assaulted her in 2017 and 2018. She also claims that in 2018, she was raped by Antonio. 

Antonio has denied all allegations against him and has countersued Taylor for defamation.

The link to the Ravens and Antonio Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler, is a clear one, as the Ravens are widely expected to make at least one upgrade in their receiving corps in the NFL Draft later this month. 

While the workouts happened on Wednesday, they might not continue for much longer. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order, effective Thursday at midnight.

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Mark Andrews both excited, and sad, about Hayden Hurst’s trade to Atlanta

Mark Andrews both excited, and sad, about Hayden Hurst’s trade to Atlanta

Mark Andrews is in a unique situation with his friend Hayden Hurst. 

He’s happy that Hurst will finally get his chance to be a No. 1 tight end in Atlanta and earn the targets he wasn’t able to receive in Baltimore.

There also won’t be the same relationship between Andrews and Hurst, and fellow tight end Nick Boyle, anymore. 

The three-headed monster was inseparable in the locker room, incredibly productive on the field and one of the brightest spots for the NFL’s best regular season team in 2019. Now, one-third of the group is gone. 

“I think, first of all, it was kind of a shock for me,” Andrews said Tuesday during a conference call. “And selfishly, Hayden being one of my best friends and being someone that I talk to every day and I'm super close with, I'm sad. I'm sad that I won't be able to have him next year, I won't be able to talk to him next year as much, but I'm also excited for him. I'm excited for him to get more of an opportunity with Atlanta.”

Hurst was shipped to Atlanta in mid-March to give the Ravens some much-needed draft capital. It also gave Hurst, a first-round pick in 2018, a chance to be a true No. 1 tight end threat.

The trade gave the Ravens the 55th overall pick in the NFL Draft later this month, as well as a fifth-round pick in exchange for Hurst and a fourth-round pick.

Last season, Hurst posted 349 yards receiving on 30 receptions with two touchdowns. Those numbers ranked fifth on the team in receptions and third in yards.

With Hurst out of the fold, Andrews, Marquise Brown and perhaps a few new offensive additions in the draft will have to pick up the load Hurst left behind.

“He's a great player,” Andrews said. “I love him to death, but it's exciting for him as well. But, firstly, I'm sad. I know Nick is sad. The three-headed monster kind of got broken up a little bit, but again, we're going to be just fine. Nick and I, we'll do our jobs, and then, obviously, we're going to find someone else to help us out.” 

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