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Reports from the Ravens scrimmage at M&T Bank Stadium

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15 days before the start of the 2020 NFL season, the Ravens held scrimmage at M&T Bank Stadium. Reports for the offense were up and down for most of the day, but QB Lamar Jackson finished strong. Let’s take a look at how the scrimmage unfolded Saturday night.

Jamison Hensley of ESPN listed the following players as not suiting up for the scrimmage:

The offense started slow with the reigning MVP behind center. This isn’t surprising given the lack of normal offseason preparation.

Some good news, however, as noted by Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun, was that Jackson didn’t seem to be bothered by the reported soft tissue injury that caused him to miss multiple practices last week.

The offensive struggles continued past the first drive. Undrafted rookie free agent RB Ty’Son Williams scored the only touchdown early on.

Things got worse for the offense before they got better. Undrafted S Nigel Warrior intercepted Jackson on a deep pass intended for WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. According to Shaffer, Warrior had just made a play on special teams before making the interception on the next play. The former Tennessee Longhorn might be the best shot of keeping Baltimore’s 16-year active streak of at least one undrafted free agent making the final 53-man roster.

Jackson didn’t let the rocky start keep him down, however, as he connected with Brown for a 40-yard touchdown. The rapport between the two first-rounders has seemingly grown even stronger over the season.

Jackson ended the scrimmage with another touchdown, this time to his favorite TE Mark Andrews for a 14-yard touchdown.

The offense won the day with a score of 27-22, though reports seemed to agree that the defense really won.

Following the scrimmage, HC John Harbaugh voiced his displeasure for the penalties committed by the offense. “Those are the type of things we need to get cleaned up because winning football is not losing football first,” Harbaugh said.

An interesting battle to keep an eye on is for the possible third QB spot. Second-year Trace McSorley made the roster in 2019, but his spot appears to be threatened by undrafted rookie Tyler Huntley.

DL Justin Madubuike and WR DeAndrew White both left practice with injuries, though the severity is unclear at the moment. The Ravens will open the 2020 season against the Browns in two weeks on September 13.