Lamar Jackson continues to insist silently on the Ravens to add Antonio Brown to their wide receiver corps. Good thing they still don’t listen to their reigning MVP quarterback.
Jackson spoke to reporters at the start of the training camp on Wednesday about how much he would like his team to sign Brown after training with the free agent in April.
“It was nice to throw at Antonio Brown,” said Jackson, via ESPN. “I was hoping we could catch him. I still hope – a little. “
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When he pitched to Brown earlier in the off season, Jackson was impressed with not only Brown’s talent, but also his passion, work ethic, and drive to win. In addition to encouraging a young Baltimore corps on the field, Jackson also believes the former Steeler, Raider and Patriot can team up with the Ravens players off the field.
“There’s nothing to stop him,” said Jackson. “That’s the type of man we need in our dressing room. I have a feeling that the dressing room here is unlike any other dressing room. A brotherhood is going on. None of that outside noise. It is strictly inside. “
Brown, who quickly changed course of retirement this summer, has urged the NFL to complete the investigation into allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against him. Should he be acquitted in 2020 and allowed to draw and play with someone without discipline, Baltimore officials wouldn’t want to mess with genuine interest in Brown.
The Ravens went 14-2 last season as the best AFC playoff seed with an elite-heavy attack. They bolstered their No. 1 quick attack by drafting rookie who walked back JK Dobbins. They have little experience with a wide receiver, but have a lot of promise in sophomore speedsters Marquise “Hollywood” Brown – Antonio’s cousin – and Miles Boykin. They also wrote two wideouts, Devin Duvernay and James Proche. They also have a rising star at the end in Mark Andrews, Jackson’s 2019 go-to man who has no plans to sign out for the season despite type 1 diabetes.
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Being in charge of Antonio Brown is no surprise, because when Brown does it, at the age of 32 he still proves he’s in top form. Running and passing are not the problem, whether he would have stayed with the Raiders or the Patriots last season. In either case, the risks associated with him outweigh his rewards for several reasons.
The Ravens aren’t as desperate in terms of wide receiver as those teams were, and made it a late point to avoid signing players with tricky baggage. They’ve made moves over the past two offseasons that say they’re comfortable with youngsters in the skill positions growing with Jackson.
Could Brown make the ravens that much better? Could be. Could Brown make the Ravens’ worse? Surely.
Baltimore won big last season because of Jackson’s game, backed by a strong plan, consistent execution, and solid attacking chemistry. Brown is used to teams in Pittsburgh throwing more than 60 percent of the time and seeing a lot of volume. The Ravens, so effective on the ground, passed Jackson only 46 percent of the time last season. How does Brown react if he doesn’t see the same goals as the Steelers’ number 1? Will he hurt more or help more to take the young recipients?
The Ravens have many offensive answers without Antonio Brown. There is little benefit in raising those questions.