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CB Smith delivers message after win: 'There you go, Michael Irvin'


CB Smith delivers message after win: 'There you go, Michael Irvin'

BALTIMORE – Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith had a message for Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin following Sunday’s game against the Steelers. Smith said he was motivated Sunday morning, listening to Irvin, now an NFL Network analyst, saying the Ravens had no chance to win.

“This is not even to sound brash, but we believed the whole time that we were going to beat them,” said Smith. “It’s Pittsburgh. So records, scoring, doesn’t matter how good they were playing coming in. Nothing matters when you play Pittsburgh. Obviously on paper it didn’t look like we were going to win today. I watched analysts all morning talk bad about us. Michael Irvin especially talking that we’re not going to come within 15 points of them. There you go, Michael Irvin.”

Smith did his part with an interception, and had a pick-six nullified by a penalty during the Ravens’ 20-17 upset victory. Coming into the game, the Ravens only had four interceptions all season. But the Ravens pressured Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and contained Pittsburgh’s potent attack.

“To get a turnover, period, is a great thing,” Smith said. “To get a turnover in a rivalry game when things are not going the way we want to is even better.”

The Ravens had been blown out by the Seahawks and Chiefs respectively in Weeks 14 and 15, giving more fuel to those wanting to disrespect them. However, defensive tackle Brandon Williams said the Ravens (5-10) have gotten used to being written off, which made winning Sunday even sweeter.

“Whatever anybody else says, that’s on them,” Williams said. “We know what we can do.”

Perhaps Smith will tune into Irvin again next Sunday, hoping he says the Ravens have no chance to beat the Bengals.

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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."