OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Don’t bother trying to figure out how many reps the first teamers will get in Thursday’s game against the Packers. Even the Ravens haven’t decided yet.
Or at least, that’s what they’ve said.
Ahead of Thursday’s game, the Ravens are still ironing out their plan for quarterback Lamar Jackson and others in terms of how many series and reps they’ll get. As of Wednesday afternoon, that plan hasn’t changed.
“We kind of balance it out,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We have a way of doing it that goes back … My brother did it in San Francisco. It’s unique. It’s different than, really, what anybody else does, but that’s how we do it. He’ll (Jackson) play about the same.”
Jackson played through the first quarter of the Ravens' first preseason game against the Jaguars last Thursday and went 4-of-6 for 59 yards and a touchdown. Then he passed the torch to backup quarterback Trace McSorely, who threw 22 passes.
With roughly the same workload expected, there will be plenty of room for rookies and fringe roster players, like Miles Boykin, to shine.
Boykin caught a team-high four passes last week against the Jaguars for 39 yards. With a young receiver group, there’s chances to shine — especially with Marquise Brown dealing with a lingering Lisfranc injury.
“Two things for the wide receivers,” Harbaugh said. “They’ve showed us that they can go up and make catches on contested balls, and they’ve shown us they’ll block. Those are two pretty big deals for us.”
While at least some of the Ravens starters will see similar action to last Thursday’s game, so will the Packers.
Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur said Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the starters will play, “a quarter or so,” according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky in Green Bay.
Depending on how Baltimore’s staff views that news, or even if it has any impact, we could see the debut of new safety Earl Thomas.
The Ravens will have a quick turnaround after the Packers game, as they’ll have two more joint practices next Monday and Tuesday in Philadelphia before the third preseason game against the Eagles.
First, though, Green Bay is on the schedule, and Baltimore is still trying to add to its 14-game preseason winning streak — albeit that’s not the only goal of some of the starters.
“Another win, keep striving, trying to be the best,” Jackson said with a smile. “Completions, score a touchdown, hopefully get out of the game early. It’s preseason, so I’m trying to get out of the game early.”
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