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Could Tucker be kicking Cundiff out?


Could Tucker be kicking Cundiff out?

Its been one of the battles thats drawn the most notice this summer. And the coaches helped heat it up a bit in Thursdays rout of Jacksonville.
Whos going to be the kicker at the start of the regular season? Is it possible that undrafted free-agent kicker Justin Tucker could be unseating the incumbent, Billy Cundiff?
Its slowly starting to look like a possibility.
The coaches let Tucker kick the entire game in the 48-17 victory over Jacksonville, an interesting move. He made all six extra points plus field goals of 33 and 53 yards in that win. Tuckers 53-yard field goal flew through the uprights with room to spare, and his kicks often look strong.
In addition, hes now 2-for-2 in games on kicks that are 50 yards or longer this summer. Tuckers also blasted a bunch of long kicks during training camp and practice, including a 63-yard bomb in the teams open practice at M&T Bank Stadium a few weeks ago.
Coach John Harbaugh, a former special teams coach himself, was careful when asked about the situation after the Jacksonville game.
We have to make some decisions here again next week, Harbaugh said. So, well just have to see how that goes.
Cundiff, meanwhile, was somewhat ticked off. And thats very understandable. In a TV interview with CSN, he talked about the very good record hes had with the Ravens, both in kicks and kickoffs hes one of the leagues best and made a pretty blunt statement at the end of it.
I feel like if his records not good enough, Ill take my services elsewhere, to be perfectly honestly with you, he said.
This is the time where coaches have to make some very tough decisions. The first set of roster cuts will come this week, and theres always a few moves that raise the eyebrows. The final set of cuts, the week afterwards, always surprise someone. Could Cundiff be in those? Or Tucker?
Stay tuned.

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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."