Turn the cell phone cameras off.
According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN, the Baltimore Ravens are no longer permitting media members to film Lamar Jackson when he is throwing the ball.
Even with a prolific start to his NFL career, Jackson has drawn plenty of criticism for his throwing ability throughout his first three seasons in the league. The 2019 MVP has consistently struggled to hit targets downfield.
Earlier this month, the Ravens posted a video on Twitter that showed Jackson throwing a wobbly pass downfield to Sammy Watkins. The clip irked a number of Ravens’ fans, who had hoped that Jackson would solve his throwing issues during the offseason. The particular throw certainly wasn’t what they had hoped to see.
Despite the secrecy and concern, Jackson had an impressive minicamp performance this week. The Baltimore Sun estimated that Jackson completed 75 percent of his passes during 11-on-11 drills on Wednesday.
“He did have an excellent day today,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters. “I think I’ve seen him work at it with other guys so hard throughout the whole program here. We’ll know for sure when the games start getting played, but I think as a coach, you look for that every single day, and we’ve seen it every single day.
Jackson has a pair of new weapons to throw to out wide in Watkins and rookie Rashod Bateman, which could take some of the pressure off his run game. Fans will have to wait a little longer, though, to actually see if Jackson can throw them the ball effectively.