Ravens

Quick Links

Forsett will be determined to show that his age is just a number

usatsi_8854673.jpg

Forsett will be determined to show that his age is just a number

 Justin Forsett of the Ravens is among a group of 30-plus running backs trying to prove that age is just a number.

Adrian Peterson of the Vikings led the league in rushing (1,485 yards) in 2015 at age 30. And through the first nine weeks of the 2015 season, four other 30-plus running backs were on pace to reach 1,000 yards – Forsett, Frank Gore of the Colts, Chris Johnson of the Cardinals, and DeAngelo Williams of the Steelers.

None of those four reached 1,000 yards, largely due to injuries. Forsett’s season ended in Week 11 when he broke his arm against the Rams. Forsett, who turned 30 years old in October, finished with 641 yards for the season and averaged 4.2 yards per carry.

Forsett’s injury elevated rookie Buck Allen to the starting running back position, and Allen (514 yards) showed his potential with a solid season. However, Forsett still averaged more yards per carry than Allen (3.8). With Forsett expected to make a full recovery from his injury, there is no doubt he intends to reclaim his position as the starter, which could make for interesting competition during training camp.

With Forsett, Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, and Terrance West, the Ravens have plenty of depth at running back. That has raised the question of whether Forsett might be a salary cap casualty, but that’s an unlikely scenario. Cutting Forsett would only save the Ravens $2.3 million in cap space, and leave them with $1.4 million in dead money. Taliaferro has been injury-prone, Allen had some fumbling issues last season, and the Browns and Titans both gave up on West before the Ravens signed him.

Forsett is reliable with a tremendous work ethic, and he is highly respected in the locker room. The Ravens have enough depth to keep Forsett’s legs fresh, and it’s possible he could have another 1,000-yard season if he stays healthy.

Forsett’s good friend, running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks, recently let it be known that he planned to retire at age 29. However, Forsett and other running backs over 30 are determined to show that they still have plenty left.

MORE RAVENS: NOTRE DAME'S STANLEY IS AN EARLY MOCK DRAFT FAVORITE

Quick Links

Baltimore Ravens select QB Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

Baltimore Ravens select QB Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

Ozzie Newsome is closing out his last NFL Draft as the general manager of the Ravens with a bang.

After trading down twice from the 16th spot to draft TE Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick, the Eagles traded their 32nd overall pick to the Ravens where they selected QB Lamar Jackson. In return, the Eagles will receive the Ravens' 2018 2nd-round and 4th-round picks in addition to their 2019 2nd-round pick. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner has proven success in the air and on the ground. While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns.  

The first-round selection shows the Ravens are planning for the post-Flacco era.

Standing at 6' 2",  Jackson's build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts were concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed. His NFL comparison is to that of Michael Vick. 

Quick Links

Baltimore Ravens select Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

download-3.png
USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens select Hayden Hurst with the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

The pick is in! 

With the 25th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Ravens have selected tight end Hayden Hurst.

Hurst, an ex-minor league baseball pitcher, walked on at South Carolina at 21-years old and finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns. 

Standing at 6' 5", Hurst ran a 4.67 40 yard dash, recorded a 31.5 vertical jump and a 7.19 three cone drill at the combine. 

"His fearless play demeanor combined with size, strength and athleticism make him a well-rounded prospect with the versatility to line up all over the field. He's sure-handed and could become a young quarterback's safety blanket if he improves elements of his route running. He should see early snaps and has the ability to become a good combination tight end." according to his draft profile

While Hurst is starting his career at 25-years old, he will provide tight end support that the Ravens have yet to address in free agency. It also doesn't hurt that QB Joe Flacco has a tendency to favor his tight ends.

Welcome to Ravens Nation, Hurst.