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Doss plays waiting game

For Ravens receiver Tandon Doss, waiting is the hardest part.

Doss describes himself as "the most impatient guy," so he admits that waiting for his chance to emerge as an NFL receiver has been tough. He takes some consolation, though, in the fact that he is learning the nuances of his position from "one of the best ever" in veteran Anquan Boldin.

Doss, the Ravens fourth-round draft pick out of Indiana in 2011, struggled to get on the field as a rookie. He appeared in six games last season, mainly on special teams, and did not have any receptions.

Doss started slowly this season after being hobbled in training camp by a hamstring injury. As the Ravens' No. 4 receiver, he has five catches for 95 yards and scored his first NFL touchdown on a 15-yard catch at Houston.

Coaches have said Doss might have the best hands on the team, and he is widely viewed as the heir apparent to Boldin, 32, at slot receiver. But when you play behind one of the toughest receivers around, there isn't much chance to be the next man up.

Doss said that waiting for his chance has been "on my mind heavy, but I cannot complain at all. I'm blessed to be in this position, and I'm learning from one of the best ever in Anquan Boldin."

"Watching him each and every play, to see what he does as he releases, how he just reads the defense, it's been amazing to sit back and watch him," Doss said.

Boldin, Doss said, physically is "a monster."

That was on full display at San Diego, when Boldin caught a pass, turned upfield and drove his shoulder into Chargers safety Atari Bigby, sending the 211-pound safety literally flying toward the sideline. It was also Boldin who delivered the key block on safety Eric Weddle near the end of Ray Rice's epic fourth-and-29 scamper.

"I love watching him play," Doss said of his mentor. "He's respected all around the league for how physical he is. Everything I'm learning now is from him."

Doss set the Indiana record for kickoff return yardage in a season in 2010 and has served as a return specialist in a limited role with the Ravens. Doss has averaged 4.3 yards on three punt returns filling in for Jacoby Jones and had a 32-yard return called back by penalty against Oakland.

"I'm here to play receiver, but wherever they need me right now I'm willing to fill in, whether it's receiving, special teams, returns, whatever," Doss said. "(I'm) just looking to fill in, and when my name's called make plays for them. "

 

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

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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."

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