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Brady-to-Gronkowski equals problems


Brady-to-Gronkowski equals problems

BrentCelek will remember his game against the Ravens for a long time.Thatsbecause the Philadelphia Eagles tight end had a career game with157 yards receiving last weekend. Celek even leaped over Ravens safety Ed Reed on a 24-yard catch-and-run in thethird quarter that sparked the Eagles 24-23 comeback victory. In theNew England Patriots, the Ravens will face Ron Gronkowski, a 6-6 tight end whoset NFL records at his position with 90 catches for 1,327 yards last season. Hecomes into this game with 135 yards on 12 catches. Does thatmean Gronkowski will play pitch-and-catch with quarterback Tom Brady, who is amore stationary than Eagles quarterback Michael Vick?
Youredealing with two totally different offenses. Youre dealing with two totallydifferent quarterbacks, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said. This week is aboutreally focusing on Brady, kind of getting him off his spot because of you lethim sit in the pocket its like a seven-on-seven (skeleton drill) for them.Brady's othertight end, Aaron Hernandez, wont play for New England because of an ankleinjury. The Patriots will add Kellen Winslow Jr., who caught 75 passes for 763yards with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, to the roster this week. The Ravens don't anticipate much changing as a result.
Kellenwas in a similar offense in Tampa Bay with (ex-offensive line coach) PeteMangurian, so he understands what they are doing, Ravens coach John Harbaughsaid. Theres no reason that he cant plug right in there and play.DidPatriots coach Bill Belichick see anything he could exploit with the Ravens,who no longer have linebackers Jarret Johnson (free agency) or Terrell Suggs (Achilles)? Their coverage on Celek was sub-par, allowing him to roam free.
Eachgame is different," Belichick said. "Every game has its own matchup, own dynamic, so we well justhave to see how it unfolds."

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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."