Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson back at OTAs, looks sharp

OWINGS MILLS — Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was back at practice on Tuesday and threw a long touchdown pass to Zay Flowers during team drills.

It was just the second time that Jackson participated in the voluntary workouts this spring. Those absences cost Jackson $750,000 in workout bonus money this offseason, according to a report by ProFootballTalk.

Jackson, a two-time MVP, was greeted by teammates at the beginning of practice and did not show any rust from not participating in the previous Organized Team Activities. At one point during practice, a pass by Jackson was deflected by defensive lineman Brent Urban and was caught by left tackle Ronnie Stanley for a short gain.

Last week, coach John Harbaugh declined to discuss Jackson’s absences at the OTAs.

“It’s just this time of year. It’s a voluntary time,” Harbaugh said. “It’s really not something that we comment on. We can’t, and that’s just the time of year it is. So, I can’t speak for anybody that’s not here. I pretty much know the different reasons guys aren’t here most of the time, but not always.

“Nobody’s required to tell you exactly what’s going on, so I’m not really specifically going to be able to comment on anybody that way. But the guys who were here were great, flying around, and those are the guys we had a great time coaching.”

About 20 players did not participate in Tuesday’s workout, most notably linebackers Odafe Oweh and David Ojabo, defensive tackles Justin Madubuike and Michael Pierce, running backs Justice Hill and Derrick Henry, cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey, Arthur Maulet and Brandon Stephens, safety Kyle Hamilton, wide receiver Rashod Bateman and tight end Isiaah Likely.

However, safety Marcus Williams made his debut in the OTAs.

The players participated in some of the drills without their helmets as temperatures reached 90 degrees.

The Ravens have a mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday next week.

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