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Does LB Brown figure into Ravens' plans for 2015?


Does LB Brown figure into Ravens' plans for 2015?

Will inside linebacker Arthur Brown make the Ravens’ 53-man roster? Or will Thursday night be Brown’s final game in a Ravens’ uniform?

How Brown performs against the Falcons in Atlanta will factor into his fate. The Ravens’ second-round pick in 2013 is on the bubble, and here are the facts. One of the Ravens’ starting inside linebackers is a Pro Bowl player, C. J. Mosley. The other is a savvy veteran, Daryl Smith. And the Ravens have two other inside linebackers who have performed better on special teams than Brown - Albert McClellan and Zach Orr.

That could leave Brown out of the picture, and looking for a job elsewhere when rosters are trimmed to 53 players Saturday. Brown is trying to block out the pressure and focus on football.

“I really don’t approach this game with that in mind,” Brown said following Tuesday’s practice. “It’s a great opportunity for me to showcase and contribute to this team while I’m still here.”

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh made it clear Tuesday he believes Brown is an NFL-caliber player who has improved. What wasn’t clear was whether Brown would make the 53-man roster.

“Arthur has really come on,” Harbaugh said.

“He’s in a tough spot. He’s sitting there behind two really good linebackers. Daryl Smith is the most underrated linebacker in football, without question, and I’ll stand on that all day long. And C. J. Mosley, obviously, we all know that he’s one of the best young linebackers in football, if not the best young linebacker in football. That’s where Arthur is at.”

Asked if Brown was not on the bubble, Harbaugh said, “I can’t say right now. Nothing is written in stone. You look at the numbers – you do the count – and you’re going to go, ‘Ok, what is it going to be?’ That’s for us to decide at the end…But I know one thing: (Arthur Brown is) certainly good enough to be on our team and contribute for us.”

Brown admitted it can be difficult mentally, playing behind linebackers as good as Mosley and Smith, after entering the league with high expectations as a second-round pick. 

“Honestly, approaching it with a selfish mindset, it can be tough,” Brown said. “That’s why every day I have to come out here with the mindset and the focus on the team.”

However, with the starters not playing against the Falcons, there will be plenty of focus on Brown. Then Brown will either get good news, or bad news, on Saturday.

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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."