Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh

Lamar Jackson misses the first week of Baltimore Ravens organized team activities, marking the first time the former NFL MVP general has been absent from volunteer spring training.

“We have followed this path many times over the years,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after Wednesday’s training session. “I will let Lamar talk about it himself. It’s about him to talk. You can ask him. “

Asked if he was worried about Jackson wasting training time, Harbau said: “It is not up to me to talk about it to anyone else. It is up to him to talk about himself.”

Jackson said on social media on Tuesday that he was not present at the start of the local government, but did not comment on his absence. He uploaded to Twitter“I look forward to coming back”, with purple heart and rocket emojis.

Baltimore has eight remaining OTA volunteer practices by mid-June. Jackson is only required to attend the team’s mandatory minicamp, which is scheduled for June 14-16.

“If it was a training camp, it would be very bad,” said corner Marlon Humphrey. “I think as long as the kids work, no matter where they are, this is the biggest key. I spoke to Lamar earlier during the offseason. He told me he would be coming soon.”

Ravens tight end Mark Andrews said he spoke to Jackson and knows how hard he works away from the facility.

“He is extremely motivated and very hungry,” Andrews said. “So there is no worry there. I know what she does and we all work and do our job here and get ready for it. We will be ready to go and I’m sure it will be ready and everyone will show what they have and its kind hunger that he has at the moment “.

Jackson is entering his fifth year of selection, which will pay him $ 23.016 million this season. The Ravens are expected to place the franchise tag next off-season if the sides fail to reach an extension.

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta has repeatedly said the team tried to enter into long-term contract negotiations, but Jackson was not interested in doing so. Asked about contract talks with Jackson earlier this month, DeCosta said “nothing has really changed on this front.”

Jackson tried to quell speculation that he wanted to leave Baltimore. In March, he wrote on Twitter that he loved the Ravens and reported a “false narrative” that he was considering leaving the franchise.

Jackson’s absence comes at a time when Baltimore wants to recover from its first last place after 15 years. He is familiar with the Ravens attack after playing the last three seasons in the system of attack coordinator Greg Roman. But Baltimore has one of the newest large-scale receivers in the NFL. None of the 12 receivers is older than 25 and no one has played more than two seasons in the NFL.

Ravens officials praised Jackson’s training away from the facility. Jackson flew to Rashod Bateman and James Proche during private pass sessions in Florida and California. He has also trained with throwing coach Adam Dedeaux.

“We are receiving excellent reports,” DeCosta said earlier this month. “We talk to him all the time. We check in with him all the time. We talk to other players. I believe – and I think coach [John Harbaugh] I feel that way – that we are ready to have a great year in the attack “.

Jackson comes from the most demanding season of his four-year career. Last season, he scored 13 of the worst cuts in his career and was fired 38 times at a high career level. He lost the last four games with an injury to his right ankle. Jackson’s last full training session with the Ravens was on December 10th.

With Jackson absent, the only other generals on the Ravens roster are Tyler Huntley and undrafted rookie Anthony Brown.

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