Aug 05, 2022
Mike Prestons Ravens training camp observations on Lamar Jacksons new look, next man up at center, a Harbaugh special at receiver and more | COMMENTARY
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Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson added 12 to 15 pounds of muscle during the offseason and is throwing as well as usual, but we’re still waiting to see more of those vintage Jackson bursts when he runs.
He hasn’t done much scrambling in training camp compared with the previous four seasons, so rarely has he turned the corner, accelerated and run away from defenders.
However, Jackson did rush for a 65-yard touchdown on an option during the first hour of practice Friday. He certainly looked like the Jackson of old with the ability to run full speed and cut without slowing down, but those types of runs have come more from backup quarterback Tyler Huntley than Jackson.
This isn’t to suggest Jackson has slowed down or been hampered by an injury. Maybe he just wants to focus more on making proper reads and staying in the pocket or improving his ability to throw on the run.Next man up
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he expects starting rookie center Tyler Linderbaum to miss one to two weeks with a foot injury, but it’s one position where the Ravens have depth.
They have two more centers on the roster in backup Trystan Colon and reserve Jimmy Murray, and veteran Patrick Mekari has also played there. Colon has played well the past two seasons as an injury replacement.
Missing time will hurt Linderbaum because he needs as many repetitions as possible before the start of the regular season, but the Ravens won’t miss him much.Star treatment
The Ravens have allowed Jackson to bring his offseason quarterback coach to training camp, which is extremely unusual.
Of course the Ravens have said they welcome Adam Dedeaux, but team quarterbacks coach James Urban can’t be completely happy.
No one will complain as long as the Ravens win, especially in the postseason, but if Jackson falters there could be serious repercussions because he received star treatment.
Again.Check him out
The Ravens don’t seem to have much interest in undrafted rookie receiver Raleigh Webb, but the former Citadel star is a good route runner. At 6 feet 2 and 204 pounds, he is physical enough to get off press coverage against most cornerbacks.
Unlike some of the other receivers on the roster, Webb blocks well in the running game and has a history of being a standout on special teams.
He seems like a Harbaugh special to me.O-line on the move
First-year offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith is hard to miss at 6-7 and 345 pounds, but one of the first things you notice about him is that he runs well.
That doesn’t sound like much, but the Ravens have had problems making blocks into the second level in recent years. They have a lot of stiff linemen who don’t pull well.
The Ravens did get rookie Daniel Faalele some repetitions at left tackle before moving him from the right, but that experiment should be saved until next year. Faalele needs to develop more speed and quickness.Dominant day
I don’t know who had the better practice Friday, tight end Mark Andrews or defensive lineman Brent Urban. Andrews had so many touchdown passes that I stopped counting. Jackson threw to him often with starting receivers Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay sidelined because of injuries.
Urban, now in his second stint with Baltimore, disrupted a running play or two, got some pressure on the quarterback and would have had a sack if it was a live practice.Play maker
Rookie cornerback Damarion Williams continues to make plays. On Friday, the fourth-round pick stepped in front of a pass from Huntley intended for tight end Tony Poljan and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown
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How Man Utd could line up in the Championship next season with Arnautovic and Rabiot as fuming fans slam shock transfers
MANCHESTER UNITED have been enduring a miserable summer transfer window... and fans fear things are about to get a whole lot worse.
A disastrous start in the Premier League was hardly a shock after the club's struggles to rebuild following last season's debacle.3How Manchester United's line-up could look if they were relegated
The Red Devils' campaign kicked off on a poor note as they lost 2-1 to Brighton at Old Trafford to a chorus of boos from disgruntled supporters.
The Manchester giants had raised hopes after hiring the highly-talented Erik ten Hag following a turbulent stint under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick (not to mention Jose, LVG and David Moyes).
A number of high-profile players who could turn the tide were linked with United after the Dutchman's arrival.
The likes of Frenkie de Jong, Cody Gakpo, Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez were all approached but nothing came of it.Read More on Man UtdRED DEVILS LATEST Arnautovic OFF, Ronaldo to Chelsea BACK ON, Milinkovic-Savic '£57.5m BID'
So far, Ten Hag has only seen Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia arriving at Old Trafford.
But now Adrien Rabiot is also said to be on his way from Juventus to fill in for record signing Paul Pogba, who left as a free agent.
The club also continues to be linked with Lazio ace Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as the Dutch tactician needs another midfielder to replace Nemanja Matic.
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And the Red Devils' latest solution to replace him appears to be none other than 33-year-old former West Ham and Stoke ace Marko Arnautovic.
United fans are infuriated with the hierarchy's transfer business following the club's worst ever Premier League campaign.
Some feel the club is so doomed that relegation is now on the cards.
One fan tweeted: "There’s never been a club this badly run. In 5 years we’ll be bankrupt and in the Championship."
FREE BETS AND SIGN UP DEALS - BEST NEW CUSTOMER OFFERS3Manchester United fans are not happy with the club targeting Marko ArnautovicCredit: Getty
Another posted: "[United] are more likely to get relegated than to win another championship under the glazers.
A third commented: "Replacing “Toxic” players with more toxic players ffs…#mufc going to championship soon."
This supporter said: "Arnautovic & Rabiot are the signings I expect #mufc to make. Out of nowhere, looking desperate, & cheap. They could work tho, but this club is ran by clowns. Absolutely s******w."
That one added: "Marko Arnautovic to #MUFC better be some kind of joke."3Manchester United look set to sign Adrien Rabiot to boost their midfieldCredit: Getty
Finally, this fan stated: "Wtf is going? Rabiot? The club might actually be finished."
While it might be too early to condemn the Reds to the Championship, SunSport had a look at how United might line up if they headed back to England;s second tier for the first time since the early 1970s.
Rabaiot, Arnautovic and Milinkovic-Savic are all there... but a certain No7 appears to be long gone.