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5 standouts in Wednesday's OTA workout

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5 standouts in Wednesday's OTA workout

The weather felt more like September than June as the Ravens took part in their second OTA workout open to the media on Wednesday. It's still hard to get a true read on this team with so many absences -- four starting offensive linemen, Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb were among those who skipped the voluntary workout. But here are five players who stood out:

* WR Kamar Aiken

Aiken ran with the first unit during many team drills and caught just about everything thrown his way. That included a tough, diving grab on a low ball from Joe Flacco, a long pass when he got behind cornerback Asa Jackson and a jump ball in the end zone. With play like that, Aiken could be a major factor in this offense.

* TE Nick Boyle

There isn't any hitting or true run blocking yet, which are both key roles for tight ends, but Boyle showed he can get open and catch the ball.  Boyle, a rookie fifth-round pick, still projects as a No. 3 tight end/special teamer behind Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams -- and that's assuming Dennis Pitta is not ready -- but injuries happen, and Boyle looks like he could contribute if called upon. And you have to think Flacco loves throwing to a fellow Delaware Blue Hen.

* S Terrence Brooks

Earlier this offseason, general manager Ozzie Newsome suggested the second-year safety would begin the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list in the wake of his season-ending knee injury in December. But Brooks took part in team drills and moved well yesterday, and he appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery.

* G Kelechi Osemele

Last week, the Ravens defensive front frequently blew through middle of the offensive line. Yesterday, they found the sledding a lot tougher, and the reason was Osemele. He looks to be in good shape and is a big step up from backups such as rookie Robert Myers.  Osemele will also be highly motivated this year, as he is set to hit free agency next offseason.

* DE Brent Urban

The defensive end missed last week's open OTA for a funeral, but at 6-foot-7, he is hard to miss when he lines up along the Ravens defensive front. Coming back from a knee injury that cost him all of last season, Urban looked good. In fact, he looked too good at least once; coach John Harbaugh sent Urban to the sideline for a couple of plays after he bore down on Flacco a little too close and celebrated a little too much. Privately, though, Harbaugh must be pleased to be see Urban moving that well.

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"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."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

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

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."

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