Lamar Jackson Lining Up at Multiple Positions at Practice with Joe Flacco at QB

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2018

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) watches quarterback Lamar Jackson throw a pass during an NFL football organized team activity at the team's headquarters in Owings Mills, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson is lining up at different positions with Joe Flacco under center as the team begins to scheme ways to get the talented playmaker involved once the 2018 NFL season gets underway.  

On Tuesday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said the offensive staff has "worked hard" to generate creative ways for Jackson to make an impact while Flacco remains the starting QB, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," Harbaugh said. "If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

Jackson was insistent about staying at quarterback during the draft process and said he wouldn't entertain the idea of playing wide receiver on a full-time basis at the NFL level.

"That's crazy," he told reporters about a potential position change at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine in March. "I thought I did a good job at quarterback. I thought I did. You know? But, hey, they say what they want to say. I'm here now. I'm happy to be here. Now I just have to show my ability."

The Ravens traded up to the No. 32 overall pick in the draft's first round to select the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, but Flacco is entrenched as the starter, at least for the time being.

That means Jackson will likely be forced to play other positions to see consistent involvement as a rookie. Putting him on the field either in the backfield or as a wideout will create the potential for a litany of trick plays for Baltimore.

Jackson sounded open to the idea Tuesday.

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," he said, per Hensley. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens will hope Jackson's unique versatility, the addition of tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews in the draft and signing free-agent wide receivers Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown revitalizes an offense that ranked 27th in the league last season.

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