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If Lamar Jackson took basketball seriously, he says he would've been Russell Westbrook

If Lamar Jackson took basketball seriously, he says he would've been Russell Westbrook

Has Lamar Jackson ever thought about playing in the NBA? Not necessarily. But if he would've worked at it, there's one particular player he belives his game would resemble. 

Houston Rockets point guard and nine-time NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook. 

"He's so energetic," Jackson said in a recent interview with Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks. "When he takes off, he goes crazy. The dunks, his explosiveness, that's what you would see from me."

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Jackson (6-foot-2, 212 pounds) and Westbrook (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) are pretty similar in size. Even when comparing wingspans, Jackson (77.880 inches) has similar measurables to Westbrook (79.92 inches) -- except for probably the muscle mass.

"I never tried to play [basketball]," Jackson said. "I can dunk easily, and I have my little shot or whatever, but I never took it seriously."

Even if Jackson never sets the record for most games with consecutive triple-doubles, he's had a pretty successful career in the NFL early on:

2019 NFL Most Valuable Player, first-team All-Pro, and now the cover of Madden 21. 

Life is good.

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Ravens place center Matt Skura on active PUP list to begin training camp

Ravens place center Matt Skura on active PUP list to begin training camp

The Ravens will be without their presumable starting center for the beginning of training camp, at the least.

Baltimore has placed Matt Skura on the active Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, the team announced on Sunday.

By being placed on the active PUP list, Skura can come off the list at any time prior to the beginning of the regular season. Once the season begins, any player still unable to play is moved to the reserve/PUP list, which requires players to sit out the first six weeks of the season.

Skura, who signed a one-year tender this offseason to remain in Baltimore, was on his way to his best season with the Ravens in 2019 before a gruesome knee injury in Week 12 ended his season. The offensive lineman tore three of the four knee ligaments -- his ACL, MCL and PCL -- in Baltimore's victory over Los Angeles last season.

Undrafted rookie Patrick Mekari took over for Skura last season and played well in his place. Even if Skura returns prior to Week 1, Mekari is still expected to compete for the starting job.

During exit interviews last season, Skura said he hoped to return to the field by the beginning of training camp. While that won't be the case, Skura still has nearly six weeks before Baltimore's season opener to get fully healthy.

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Ravens waive defensive tackle Daylon Mack, punter Dom Maggio

Ravens waive defensive tackle Daylon Mack, punter Dom Maggio

The Ravens made a bit of a surprise transaction on Saturday, when they waived defensive tackle Daylon Mack and punter Dom Maggio. 

Mack, a fifth-round pick from a year ago, played in just one game last season before being placed on Injured Reserve. Maggio was a rookie punter out of Wake Forest. 

Mack only played nine snaps in the entirety of his rookie season. He was expected to compete for the backup nose tackle spot with Justin Ellis to play behind Brandon Williams. 

The Ravens boosted their defensive line spot significantly in the offseason, as they drafted Justin Madubuike and Broderick Washington, traded for Calais Campbell, signed Derek Wolfe and re-signed Jihad Ward and Justin Ellis.

Maggio is a local product, from Monkton, Maryland. He attended Boys’ Latin in Baltimore in high school. He was set to give the Ravens an extra camp body at punter behind Sam Koch, one of the top punters in the league. 

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