Ravens ‘in the laboratory’ devising Lamar Jackson plan

We’re only two days into minicamp season, but it’s already fair to wonder in Baltimore: How do the Ravens plan to use Lamar Jackson, their dangerously mobile rookie quarterback, this season with such an inert signal-caller in Joe Flacco starting under center?

The thing I was really impressed with is I thought he was accurate. You read the reports and stuff like that, but he’s a naturally talented thrower. He’s got natural arm talent, Harbaugh gushed Saturday. That’s something that people were questioning. To see him out here throwing the ball naturally, very accurately, I thought it was a big plus.

Jackson and Flacco’s styles are so diametrically opposed that Baltimore’s late-first-round selection of the former prompted NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock to conclude that the Ravens philosophically and schematically committed to a new offense. But with Flacco under contract through 2021 with a potential out following the 2019 season the Ravens will have to slow-play their transition to Jackson.

Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (strained hamstring) came off the bench again on Saturday. Brown played 29 minutes and scored 16 points.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles rang the Sixers’ ceremonial Liberty Bell pre-game.

Among the celebrities in the crowd at Wells Fargo Center: rapper Meek Mill, film director M. Night Shyamalan, The Roots bandmember Questlove and Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.

Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 21/2 lengths on Saturday, becoming the first colt in 136 years to wear the roses after not racing as a 2-year-old.

The colt that began his racing career in February improved to 4-0 and gave Bob Baffert his fifth Derby victory. That snapped a tie and left the 65-year-old trainer trailing only Ben Jones with six.


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