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Lamar Jackson didn’t know Ravens were installing new offense

Ravens Wire logo Ravens Wire 5/23/2019 Matthew Stevens
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The Baltimore Ravens spent a lot of time this offseason talking about revamping their offense. From discussions around taking more shots at wide receivers to completely rebuilding the offense from the ground up, the focus was on improving what has been a rather anemic offense.

But apparently, no one told franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson about it. Following the third day of OTAs for the Ravens, Jackson told reporters he learned the team had installed a new offense when he got back to Baltimore.

While Jackson has spent the offseason working on his mechanics down in Florida, Baltimore has been investing quite a bit of time on creating a scheme that benefits their uniquely talented passer.

The Ravens relieved offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg of his duties shortly following their wild-card loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, promoting Greg Roman to the role. In several interviews following, Roman talked about how he was rebuilding the offense completely instead of trying to retrofit things to an already existing system.

It's what Baltimore really needed to do in order to maximize Jackson's talents and take a step forward into a more modern style of offense. However, the idea no one informed the guy that'll be touching the ball on every play is alarming.

"Coming in, I didn't know we would have a totally new offense," Jackson told reporters.

While the NFL has strict rules around teams contacting their players in the offseason, it's beyond rare to see a starting quarterback not know about those changes by OTAs. It would be one thing if Jackson didn't have access to the playbook beforehand but not knowing the offense was going to change at all puts everyone behind the eight ball.

The Ravens only have 10 OTA practices before mandatory minicamp begins on June 11 and training camp begins in July. With Baltimore's first preseason game coming on Aug. 8, that doesn't leave them much time to completely install a new offense to all of their players. Considering Jackson had spent the offseason working on his mechanics to become a better passer, throwing a whole new playbook at him suddenly isn't going to do his development any favors. Jackson would continue by saying learning a new offense has "been getting to me a little bit."

Hopefully, the Ravens can get Jackson and the rest of the offense up to speed quickly. But the reality is, Baltimore might not have their full offensive playbook truly installed by the time the regular season begins. For an offense looking to completely change themselves overnight, that's not a great way to start.

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