The Ravens elevated practice squad wide receiver DeSean Jackson for Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints, calling on the 35-year-old to help an injury-depleted group.
With top wide receiver Rashod Bateman lost for the season and placed on injured reserve after suffering a Lisfranc (foot) injury, coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that Jackson was “probably ready” to make his 2022 debut. The Ravens on Monday could also be without Demarcus Robinson (15 catches for 140 yards this season), who missed time in practice last week with a groin injury.
Jackson, a free agent all offseason, joined the Ravens’ practice squad in mid-October. He was not on the team’s game-day roster for its recent wins over the Cleveland Browns or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“If I get the call, for sure, I’ll be ready,” Jackson said Thursday. “It’s not my decision. I’m just here taking it day by day getting ready, getting my shape and my body in the best position to go out there and be productive.”
Jackson had 20 catches on 34 targets for 454 yards and two touchdowns last season in 16 combined games with the Los Angeles Rams and Las Vegas Raiders. He would be the oldest NFL wide receiver to be targeted in a game this season.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson, who will be missing not only Bateman against New Orleans but also All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews (knee/shoulder), has said he’s excited to see what the three-time Pro Bowl can do on the field.
“He’s just floating, and it looks so smooth,” Jackson said Thursday. “Anytime I just throw him the ball, it just falls into his hands. He’s still the same DeSean to me, from what I grew up seeing. We’re just going to have to see when he gets on that field.”
Third-year practice squad wide receiver Binjimen Victor, who was also elevated, will make his NFL debut.