Ravens Notebook: Jackson finishes scrimmage on high note

NFL MVP was inconsistent most of scrimmage
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BALTIMORE — Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson grew increasingly frustrated as the night wore on at M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 29.

He overthrew a couple of receivers and was simply off the mark other times. Jackson also appeared to yell toward the offensive line after one of a few false start penalties. 

However, Jackson finished the night on a high note with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown and another score to tight end Mark Andrews, leading the offense to a 27-22 victory over the defense.

There were no official stats. 

"It ends up being about fundamentals, about execution, about not making mistakes, [and] playing error-free football," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We had pre-snap penalties; there are just way too many of those out there. Those are the types of things that have to get cleaned up, because ‘winning football’ is not ‘losing football’ first. That’s what we have to understand, and we have to get that into our DNA right now.”

The Ravens still have some work on offense because they did appear out of sync. However, the players were not overly concerned and they still have time to work out some of the issues before the regular-season opener against the Browns on Sept. 13.

“I feel good about where we’re at," Ingram said. "And we have guys who have the right intent, guys who are willing to play hard, guys who want to be great. And, honestly, I think today was very needed for us – just to be able to see that we’re not all the way ready. We still have strides to go to be the team that we want to be. Pre-snap penalties, being able just to execute our assignments, execute our plays. 

"Every single person on the offense playing hard, being able to communicate the plays in and out the huddle, be able to operate under duress with a short play clock. I think all of those things are vital in order to prepare yourself for a season."

De-fense

Safety Nigel Warrior is making a strong push to make the final roster. The undrafted rookie from Tennessee has a nose for the ball and he came up with an interception on an overthrown pass by Jackson. Warrior also had an interception in training camp. The Ravens terminated the contract of fellow safety Earl Thomas so Warrior has an opportunity to provide depth at safety.

Fellow rookie Geno Stone, a seventh-round pick from Iowa, also stood out with several key stops and was solid in coverage. 

"It was good to see some competing, you always appreciate that," Harbaugh said. I" feel like the guys are really excited. There’s a lot of enthusiasm to go play. In this kind of an environment, you sort of need to generate energy on your own, and the guys did a good job of that.

"But we have work to do. It’s a different kind of preseason, so we’ve got to learn from it, and we’ve got to improve every day as we go forward.”

Outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson showed some good pursuit and was able to get into the backfield.  

Defensive tackle Justin Madubuike, a rookie third-round pick from Texas A&M, and wide receiver DeAndrew White were walked off the field by trainers and didn’t return to the scrimmage.

In addition cornerbacks Marcus Peters, Anthony Averett and Josh Nurse; running backs Justice Hill and Kenjon Barner; wide receivers Chris Moore and Jaleel Scott did not suit up. 

It's Good

Ravens kicker Justin Tucker converted all five of his field-goal attempts with the longest from about 46 yards.