Jefferson (ankle) has spent time extensive time working out with free-agent pickup and secondary mate Earl Thomas this offseason, Sean Grogan of the Cecil Whig reports. "I got a chance to work out with him before we had the voluntary team workouts in one-on-one sessions," Jefferson said of Thomas. "I can tell you he's a real serious guy, but he also has a lighter side to him, too."
Jefferson looks like he's ready to roll for the start of the Ravens' offseason program after undergoing minor ankle surgery in January. It's also encouraging to hear he's going the extra mile to build rapport with Thomas, who inked a four-year, $55 million pact with Baltimore in March. Considering the Ravens are also stacked at cornerback with Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith, Brandon Carr and Tavon Young under contract for the upcoming season, Baltimore clearly has the coverage talent to allow Jefferson to consistently play in the box this upcoming season. Jefferson could also play a part in replacing former starting inside linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Jefferson recently had ankle surgery and is expected to require 4-to-6 weeks for recovery, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Jefferson missed Weeks 14 and 15 with an ankle injury, returning for the final two weeks of the regular season as well as a playoff loss to the Chargers. He has trouble sticking with wide receivers in coverage, but his excellent work defending the run and the flats should be enough for the Ravens to justify the third season of his four-year, $34 million contract. Coming off five consecutive seasons with at least 4.9 tackles per game, Jefferson will celebrate his 27th birthday at the end of January. He was one of the youngest players in the 2013 rookie class and has missed just three games through six NFL campaigns.
Jefferson recorded 74 tackles (53 solo), six passes defensed, one interception, one sack and a forced fumble across 14 games in the 2018 season.
Jefferson put together another solid campaign in 2018, anchoring one of the better secondaries in the league alongside Eric Weddle. However, he is slated to have the fourth-highest salary on the team next season and with plenty of Ravens defensive starters entering the market this offseason, the safety could be the target of contract restructuring.
Jefferson is active for Sunday's Week 15 tilt against the Buccaneers.
The standout safety has missed the last two games with his ankle issue, but he'll suit up Sunday against the Buccaneers' high-powered passing attack. Despite sitting in the last pair of contests, Jefferson has logged 61 tackles (41 solo), one interception, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery this season across 11 games.
Jefferson (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Jefferson was a limited practice participant Thursday and Friday as he appears on track to return Sunday against Tampa Bay. The 26-year-old has 61 total tackles, a sack, forced fumble and an interception this season but has been held out the last two games.
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