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Do the Ravens have the depth they want?


Do the Ravens have the depth they want?

The Ravens always are looking for depth. They're always searching for more of it. They've got a bunch heading into the 2012 season.
But the question is -- do they have enough?
That's a question every NFL team must answer. One injury or two can crush a team's season, just ask the Chicago Bears. That's why more and more teams are really pushing hard to get that depth. The Ravens have been doing that the last few years.
Their depth chart looks pretty good as the season is about to start next Monday night against the Bengals. The Ravens have plenty of talent on offense, defense and special teams, enough so that one injury shouldn't end their season.
But you never know how or when a team will need that depth. Could be never. Or it might be in the first game -- remember Tom Brady's injury? -- and that's why teams are always looking for more players who can help out.
The Ravens might need the depth on defense, due to the questions involving their pass rush. That's a spot where they might have to try different people or different strategies to do what they want.
If the defensive backfield has problems with pass coverage, which did happen in the pre-season, depth could help the Ravens there. They know they've got talent back there. The question is can they do well in the games.
That's why the Ravens like competition to earn positions. They can see who'd have some ability and play well under tough situations. It's one reason why Justin Tucker is now the kicker, and Billy Cundiff has become a Redskin. Tucker beat him out.
The Ravens put Tucker's feet to the fire and saw what he could do under pressure. They also tried to do that with a number of younger and inexperienced players during the pre-season. They look like they've got some good depth as the season begins, but only time will tell if it's good enough.

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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."