Is there really a quarterback competition in Baltimore?

  •  What’s the most hotly contested quarterback competition in the sport of football right now? If you ask a lot of the major sports networks Baltimore Ravens Hoodie , it’s located in Baltimore, Maryland.Endless segments on shows ranging from ESPN to FS1 and especially NFL Network have been dedicated to the alleged battle between Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson that has taken place during training camp. Except. . . most reports out of Owings Mills indicate there is no quarterback controversy at all.Drafted at number 32 overall and with some room to learn, Jackson was brought in behind Flacco to be the future of the franchise and learn from the former Super Bowl MVP. Despite what a lot of the talking heads have been saying, the prevailing notion is that 2018 is a learning year for Lamar.NFL.com’s Marc Sessler agrees:This is pretty spot on. As exciting as Jackson is, the hoopla about him starting meaningful ballgames for Baltimore in 2018 has gotten a little out of hand. The franchise has invested too much in Flacco—between his massive contract and the upgraded weapons this offseason— to turn to Jackson early in the season. Unless Flacco utterly fails at some point in the year, the job is his. This isn’t to say Baltimore won’t find a way to take advantage of Jackson; as Sessler notes the coaching staff has conceded they’ve been working on getting him on the field in training camp practices.However, a lot of airtime is being dedicated to something that is simply a non-story at this point. Lamar will get his chance at some point, but if Joe Flacco rebounds as many expect him to, it won’t come in 2018.Ravens’ Jimmy Smith opens up about four-game suspension Ravens star cornerback Jimmy Smith spoke to the media for the first time on Tuesday since suffering a season-ending Achilles injury and receiving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy.Following his injury in Baltimore’s Week 13 win over the Lions, the NFL announced that Smith would be suspended for four games. Instead of appealing it, he decided to serve the suspension while on injured reserve.“Last year, I took some pre-workouts. I’m not even sure which one it is, to be honest with you. You have to be conscious of what you put in your body, and I should’ve been a lot more conscious of what pre-workouts I was putting in there, and I got popped Customized Baltimore Ravens Jerseys ,” Smith said via the team’s official website. “I was going to appeal it, but when I tore my Achilles, I just took it and went home.”Smith did not reveal what supplements he took, but the NFL does have a lengthy list of what a player can not take. The oft-injured cornerback has suffered several major setbacks in his career, but he continues to work his way back in spite of his injuries. Smith will be entering his eighth season with the Ravens, but he has only appeared in all 16 games during a regular season twice — 2013 and 2015. Among the injuries he has suffered during his NFL career, his Achilles injuries appear to have been the most costly. He landed on injured reserve the last two seasons due to them. However, Smith would disagree with that notion.“I’ll tell you right now that the Lisfranc is probably the injury that keeps on giving. It never goes away, it seems. For me, the Achilles has not been that difficult at all,” Smith said via the team’s official website.Smith was having, arguably, the best season of his entire career last year after coming off an Achilles injury and still dealing with the ramifications of it. Pro Football Focus graded him as one of the best cornerbacks last year before his season-ending injury, and he likely would have been selected to an All-Pro team and the Pro Bowl. “It sucks. I’m not going to act like it doesn’t. It just seems like I’m constantly trying to fight just to get back to even instead of training and excelling better and progressing even more. It’s always getting back even, getting back to just being healthy Authentic Maurice Canady Jersey ,” Smith said via the team’s official website.The “it” Smith is referring to is his poor injury luck during his NFL career. His All-Pro talent has never been a question, especially as of late, but the issue has also been his health. If he can stay healthy, he is without a doubt one of the best cornerbacks in the league, but as of late, that has been a big ‘if.’Smith’s current contract runs through the 2019 season, but due to his injury history, some have speculated that the Ravens could move on from the veteran cornerback following this season. If Baltimore decides to part ways with him next offseason, they would save $9.5 million if he is a pre-June 1 cut, while only incurring $6.675 million in dead money, per SpoTrac. Regardless of his future in Baltimore, Smith is en route to completing a miraculous comeback as he is on the practice field, as a full-participant, merely seven months after rupturing his Achilles. The Ravens are exercising caution with their veteran cornerback as he was given the last two days off to progress in his recovery. With an extended training camp schedule, Baltimore has no reason to force him into action immediately.It was anticipated that Smith would start the season — or at least training camp — on the PUP list Womens John Brown Jersey , but that was not the case. Throughout the early stages of training camp, he has received high praise from several players and coaches for his mindset and work ethic as he is attempting to return from another season-ending injury. “Really, you kind of hurt for him, because he’s plagued himself into that position, really, year after year, and the injuries have taken their toll. And then he kills himself to get back, and hopefully, this will be the year where he can stay injury-free the whole time,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said via the team’s official website. “He’s worked really hard, and he’s really talented, and he really is conscientious. So, I’m really, I’m in his corner. I want to see him do well.”