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Ravens News 7/29: Deep ball accuracy, practice report and more

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2018-19 Deep Ball Project - John Kinsley

Three quarterbacks -- Derek Carr, Lamar Jackson, and Nick Mullens -- tied for 11th in deep accuracy, though it should be noted that Jackson and Mullens threw only 14 passes each in comparison to Carr’s 40, so their sample sizes are much lower.

Lamar Jackson only threw nine passes of 21 to 30 air yards, but he finished second in accuracy in this area.

Lamar Jackson finished first in accuracy under pressure but only threw three passes here.

Practice Report 7/28: Lamar Jackson Shows Off His Deep Ball - Ryan Mink

The drills were “live” during certain segments and reserve inside linebacker Alvin Jones took advantage when he absolutely hammered running back Tyler Ervin.

Veteran cornerback Brandon Carr caused rookie running back Justice Hill to fumble on an outside run. Hill dove on it, but it was still not good. Ball security is of utmost importance in this offense. Hill bounced back later in practice with a blazing long run up the middle.

The defense showed some of its speed when Jackson wisely threw right over the top of an edge blitz. That could have gone for a long gain, but linebacker Kenny Young and others swarmed to the spot to stop it for what would have been a minimal gain.

Earl Thomas drills receiver in Ravens’ first padded practice - Kirstie Chiappelli

The veteran safety brought the intensity Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium as the Ravens practiced in full pads for the first time during training camp and destroyed rookie free-agent wide receiver Sean Modster with a halting hit.

“Got my attention a little bit and then I went, ‘Oh, it’s Earl,’” Harbaugh said, via the team’s webiste. “‘OK. Good job Earl. Nice play.’”

Mark Ingram Gives Ravens’ Young Offense a Strong Spine - John Eisenberg

There’s no doubt the organization is casting its lot with youth and speed over experience and track records when it comes to moving the ball.

They need, quite simply, an adult to serve as an anchor in that huddle of youngsters.

They couldn’t have found many players better suited for the role. Ingram is mature and consistent, a pro’s pro. He can handle Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman’s complex running scheme, help show others what to do. His advanced statistics suggest he’s still in his prime, picking up tons of yards after contact.

Most importantly, he brings greater versatility than the Ravens had at running back a year ago. He’s adept at catching passes out of the backfield. Built like a tank, he identifies and negates opposing blitzers – a key skill. And he can hit holes anywhere along the line after taking a handoff.