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Defense likes the offense


Defense likes the offense

The offense has fared very well at times during the pre-season, especially in the 48-17 victory over Jacksonville this past Thursday.
And with all the success theyve been having, using the no-huddle often and moving up and down the field pretty with ease, the offense has found another fan.
The defense.
If the offense plays well, it keeps the defense off the field. Thats one of the basic rules of football. The defense would be very happy to not play as much.
Joe Flacco is growing year by year, said CB Lardarius Webb. Ive been here for four of his five years, and I can see how hes progressing. Its all due to Joehes doing a great job, and he can handle that offense. So, Im waiting to see how much he grows within the season, too.
Flacco certainly looks like hes starting to find a groove with the offense, especially with the no-huddle part of things.
The offense looks to have more weapons this year. Theyve got better receivers, Ray Rice to run the ball plus two or three tight ends Flacco can throw to, with the biggest question being how well the offensive line can hold up.
But during the pre-season, the offense certainly has looked very good at times. Theyre often moving the ball well, which is something the defense really likes to see.
Its awesome that our offense is getting out there and moving the ballits just exciting, said defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. They look explosive out there this year, and I think Joe and those receivers, and then..the running backs are doing a great job. I think the whole unit will continue to get better and better, and well see a lot of great things from them this year.
And that's something that will let the defense rest a little more, which should help everyone.

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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."