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Lamar Jackson has never been ambiguous about his desire for the Ravens to sign wide receiver Antonio Brown. 

On a conference call Wednesday with reporters, Jackson made himself very clear once again.

"It was nice throwing to Antonio Brown, I was hoping we would get him," Jackson said Wednesday, when speaking about his offseason. "I'm still hoping — a little bit."

Jackson made waves in April when he social media posts surfaced about his workouts with the former All-Pro receiver. Both Jackson and Brown were joined by Ravens wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, who is cousins with Antonio Brown.

Antonio Brown played one game for the Patriots last year, before being released after he sent threatening text messages to a former trainer, Britney Taylor, who previously accused him of rape and sexual assault.  

Additionally, on June 12 of this year, Brown pleaded no contest to felony burglary of a vehicle, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor criminal mischief. He received two years of probation and was ordered to undergo 100 hours of community service, a 13-week anger management counseling program and a psychological evaluation.

Jackson, who worked out with Antonio Brown in Florida, said he never had a problem with Brown personally.

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"I just feel, around us, he was a great guy," Jackson said. "You don't really see anything going on at all. He's a cool, down-to-earth guy. He's passionate about the sport of football. When he was working, you could tell, this man he gonna go 24-7. After the workout, he still went and lifted. Prior to the workout, he lifted. We go out there throwing routs, I was like, 'there's no quit in him. That’s the type of guy we need in our locker room.”

The question to bring in Antonio Brown or not, for any NFL team, strictly relates to his off-field problems. 

Antonio Brown is a seven-time Pro Bowler and a four-time First-Team All-Pro. From 2013-2018, he posted six straight seasons with more than 1,000 yards receiving. 

He averaged 119 catches, 1,590 yards and 12 touchdowns on a 16-game average. From a talent perspective, he's still one of the most skilled receivers on the planet.

After those workouts became public, though, Jackson and the Ravens’ front office faced questions about adding Antonio Brown. 

While Jackson said he would be “happy” if the Ravens signed the wideout, general manager Eric DeCosta declined to comment and said he would keep his thoughts on Antonio Brown in-house.

When asked what Jackson was asked by the front office as it related to Antonio Brown, he said his answers to the media were the same ones he told members of the front office.

"I feel like the locker room here is different from any other locker room,” Jackson said. “It's a brotherhood going on, it’s none of that outside noise. We worry about each other, we worry about what we have going on. We want to win. I can tell in him (that) he wants to win, We want to play ball."

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