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John Harbaugh wants to get Lamar Jackson on the field more for Ravens

John Harbaugh wants to get Lamar Jackson on the field more for Ravens

When the Baltimore Ravens drafted Lamar Jackson with the 32nd-overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, questions engulfed the minds of fans. 

Was it the end of the Flacco era?

Was he worthy of a first-round pick?

How will the Ravens utilize him throughout the season?

Nine games into the 2018 season and the last question presented is still just that.

Jackson has shown glimpses of speed and is proving to be a good distraction for opposing defenses, but how and when they use him has lacked consistency. And with the team heading into their bye week 4-5 and third in the AFC North, John Harbaugh would like to find ways to get Jackson on the field even more.

"I don't think counterproductive because we're gaining yards and making plays," Harbaugh said when asked if having Jackson on the field has been hurting his team more than helping them.

"I would like to find more of it, to be honest with you. I would like to see him out there more and find ways to get him on the field more, if we can. He's a good player." 

During Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Steelers, Jackson had five rushing attempts for 10 yards averaging 2-yards-per-carry and was 1-for-1 through the air for 12 yards. Over nine games, the QB is 7-for-12 for 87 yards and one touchdown in addition to 28 rushing attempts for 138 yards and one rushing touchdown. 

When asked how much he's enjoyed having a more prominent role on offense, Jackson said he felt like he needed to do more.

"We need to score more points," he said. "That's all; I've got to help my team move the ball."

Jackson had a huge opportunity to help his team Sunday while lined up at receiver with the Ravens threatening in the red zone. However, Joe Flacco completely overlooked him and threw the ball to John Brown in double coverage.

At the end of 60 minutes, Jackson was on the field for 13 snaps, 21 percent of the game, but looking around at other multi-quarterback teams in the league Harbaugh knows the Ravens could do better.

"That's not easy to do," he said. "The Saints came in here a couple weeks ago and put their two quarterbacks out there 24 times, I think. Whether that's something we do in the future, we'll have to decide. Our offensive coaches do a good job of working through that stuff." 


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Drew Brees draws criticism from sports world, including DMV athletes, over comments on kneeling during anthem

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Drew Brees draws criticism from sports world, including DMV athletes, over comments on kneeling during anthem

Comments from Drew Brees made in an interview with Yahoo Finance's Daniel Roberts about why he wouldn't support teammates kneeling during the national anthem when the NFL season started drew condemnation from throughout the sports world - including Wizards guard Troy Brown and Ravens' running back Mark Ingram.

"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said in the interview. 

"Is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution."

Brown responded:

The photo with Brees kneeling is from 2017 when the Saints as a team knelt before the anthem and then stood up as a team. The gesture came after 10 Saints players sat during the national anthem in response to a tweet from Donald Trump encouraging people to boycott the NFL over players kneeling during the anthem as a way to draw attention to racial inequality and police violence. The Saints were one of many teams at the time who responded to Trump's words with additional protests.

While Brees has expressed that he is uncomfortable with kneeling during the anthem previously, his words in the Yahoo interview came at a time when many in the NFL and outside of it are pointing to Colin Kaepernick's protests that began in 2016, which were meant to draw attention to the police brutality like that of a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes, sparking massive protests and unrest around the country today.

LeBron James and Brees' teammate Malcolm Jenkins were among the many other athletes who made strong statements against his comments.

(Warning, there's a curse word in the end of Jenkins' comments):

Ingram, Brees' former teammate, didn't call out Brees by name but did repost an Instagram photo from Aaron Rodgers, explaining why kneeling was never about disrespecting the flag. "THANK YOU for speaking truth for the oppresssed and unheard. THANK YOU for understanding the WHY," he wrote.

Ingram also retweeted this from Marques Colston:

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Former Raven Ed Reed on creating change in America: Everybody needs to be involved

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Former Raven Ed Reed on creating change in America: Everybody needs to be involved

Former Ravens defensive back Ed Reed joined The Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday and shared his thoughts on the current climate of America. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, many are rightfully demanding change.

Reed is among them, and the Hall of Famer shared his thoughts on what it will take for a real change to happen. To him, it begins by getting everyone involved.

“We have to have better communication. We have to address the elephant in the room as people … Everybody needs to speak on it. Everybody from all walks of life, all backgrounds, ethnicities, creed," Reed said.

Putting it in the context of sports, Reed likened it to being on a team. Not everyone is the same but when all participate and work toward a common goal, success typically follows.

"When you play sports, when you’re on a team with people from different walks of life, and you have to look after each other and count on each other, race and all that stuff goes out the window when you are in the locker room," Reed said. "When this world and country functions as a team does, and in order to win a championship and in order to be successful, you have to be on the same page.”  

Reed said the time for change in America is now, and by doing so, current and future generations will be able to have positive experiences in life. The future of the country includes Reed's own children and the numerous other lives he touches through he charitable acts. 

“A lot on the mind as always … but I have a son, I have my nieces, my nephews. I have a bunch of kids that my foundation helps out," Reed said of the current climate in America. "So, you have to think about the future. You can’t look at what’s happening now (in our country) and (be) thinking that it’s over."

"This is not the end, it’s a new beginning. Just thinking about these kids and their future," he added.

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