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5 stats to watch leading up to the Ravens vs Jaguars


5 stats to watch leading up to the Ravens vs Jaguars

CSN stat guru Rich Goldberg takes a look at the trends and 5 stats to watch leading up to the Ravens game Sunday vs the Jaguars. 

  1. Keeping it close - Each of the Ravens 8 games this season has been decided by 8 points or less. 14 of the 18 games all-time between the Ravens and Jaguars were within 8 points. Translation: a close game is not out of the question.
  2. Incomplete - Blake Bortles and Joe Flacco rank worst and second-worst in 4th quarter completion percentages this season – with a minimum of 40 attempts. Bortles has completed 48.0 percent of his 4th quarter attempts. Flacco is right behind at 51.0 percent. 
  3. Hitting the Century Mark – Steve Smith has 50 career 100-yard receiving games. With Smith out for the season, the ten remaining Ravens receivers/tight ends have a combined 3 career 100-yard receiving games. 2 from Chris Givens, 1 from Joe Morgan. 
  4. “0” no - The Ravens are the only NFL team with 0 forced turnovers since Week 4. The Cowboys are 0-5 since Week 4 – and even Dallas has forced a turnover. The Ravens are on pace for 8 takeaways after forcing 22 turnovers last season.
  5. T-“Allen”-ted - Wide receivers Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson have a combined 12 receiving touchdowns this season. That’s the 2nd most in the NFL among all wide receiving duos, trailing only Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall with 13 TD.

RELATED: Five Ravens thoughts heading into last eight games

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst


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."