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The Chargers by the numbers


The Chargers by the numbers

The Chargers routed the Ravens last year, 34-14, but come limping into Sunday's game having lost five of their past six games. Here are some other numbers that help define the Chargers:

0: Number of punts by the Chargers in their 34-14 win over the Ravens last season.

1: Number of wins in the past six games for the Chargers, who began the season 3-1 but enter this week’s game at 4-6, three games behind Denver in the AFC West.

4: Number of interception return touchdowns this season by the Chargers. The latest was a 23-yarder by safety Eric Weddle against Denver last week.

11:Number of sacks last season for Chargers outside linebacker Antwan Barnes. He had four of them in the Chargers’ 34-14 win over the Ravens, his former team.

15: Number of catches in the past three weeks by Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander, signed as a free agent on Oct. 22. The former Ram had a career-high 134 receiving yards against Tampa Bay two weeks ago, and then had seven catches for 96 yards and two scores against Denver last week.

35: Number of second-half points the Chargers gave up to Denver on Oct. 15 after taking a 24-0 halftime lead. Denver stormed back to win, 35-24.

80: Career touchdown catches for Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. He needs one more to tie the Chargers team record set by Lance Alworth.

87.9: The number of rushing yards the Chargers are giving up per game, the third-lowest total in the league. Only the Browns’ Trent Richardson, who had 122 yards on 24 carries, has topped the 100-yard mark against the Chargers this season.

96: Number of receiving yards against the Ravens last season by Chargers receiver Malcolm Floyd. He made five receptions, including a 28-yard touchdown catch.

1,924: The number of people who voted ‘Yes’ in a Los Angeles Times online poll in October asking “Should Norv Turner be fired during the bye week?” There were 453 “No” votes.



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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."