The Ravens have decided whether quarterback Lamar Jackson will play in Saturday night’s preseason opener. But coach John Harbaugh isn’t saying what those plans are.
Asked after Thursday’s training camp practice whether Jackson would suit up to face the visiting New Orleans Saints, Harbaugh declined to offer specifics.
“I’m not sharing any of that, probably,” he said. “We have a rotation for every different person. Generally, we kind of balance it out among our starters. Every preseason game is pretty much the same, but for specific players, age-related, position-related, we’ll approach it individually that way.”
Jackson has participated in five straight practices since a positive COVID-19 test forced him to miss the first week and a half of camp. He impressed with his accuracy again Thursday, finishing unofficially with a 7-for-7 mark in seven-on-seven action and 11-for-15 in 11-on-11 action.
Harbaugh told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday that Jackson wouldn’t play “more than about a series” in the preseason opener, if he plays at all. Center Bradley Bozeman is the team’s only projected starting offensive lineman who practiced both Wednesday and Thursday, and the Ravens are missing injured wide receivers Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Rashod Bateman and Miles Boykin.
The Ravens have a 17-game winning streak in preseason play, last losing in September 2015. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL scrapped its preseason schedule last year.
NFL officials this season will make the league’s taunting rules a point of emphasis, with players automatically ejected after two taunting penalties and subject to fines and suspensions when deemed necessary.
Harbaugh said his team celebrates the right way. The Ravens were called for only one taunting penalty last season, after cornerback Marcus Peters celebrated on the Tennessee Titans’ logo at the end of their wild-card-round playoff win.
“If you watch our celebrations, there are really none that we’ve had to have coaching points on that I’ve seen,” Harbaugh said. “Our guys do it with each other. I think you want to celebrate in the spirit of the team; you celebrate together. We don’t have taunting; I haven’t seen that. Well, except for the one against Tennessee. I wasn’t upset about that. I think we’ll be fine. Our guys are good about it.”