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Flacco still a fan of no-huddle


Flacco still a fan of no-huddle

With every shrug of his shoulders, quarterback Joe Flacco brushes off almost every tough question about the Ravens' struggling offense.

He'll usually preface his remarks with, "I don't know," and maybe he doesn't because the downturn the Ravens' offense has taken is perplexing.

The same goes for Flacco. After starting out the season on fire by throwing for an average of 317.2 yards in his first four games, Flacco has dipped to 189.3

Flacco has just more interceptions (three) than touchdowns (two) in since beating Cleveland 23-16 on Sept. 27. The Ravens are coming off a bye week after a 30-point loss to the Houston Texans.

The offense has scored just one touchdown in the last 10 quarters on the road. It has failed to register a touchdown in the first quarter five consecutive games.

"Nothing keeps me up at night. When I hit that pillow, it's out," Flacco said, when asked about his concern about the offense, to laughter. "Communication is definitely more of an issue when you're playing on the road. … There's ways that we just have to go about communicating better when we have to, and at times, limiting some of that so we can let our guys go play."

If Flacco is on the hot seat, he's doing a good job hiding that he's feeling the heat. But his team is 5-2 and in control of the AFC North.

A loss to the Browns on Sunday could change that. It'll be the first of three road games for the Ravens in the next four weeks, and they average just 15 points per game away from home.

"He's not hitting the panic button, so our offense is not hitting the panic button," fullback Vonta Leach said. "We got a lot of weapons. Joe is our leader on offense. He runs the show.

"If our commander-in-chief is not panicking, nobody else is."

While coach John Harbaugh has hinted he'll slow down the no-huddle offense and rely more on his running backs Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce and Leach, Flacco doesn't want the system to revamped totally.

That's the one thing Flacco appears certain about because doesn't shrug his shoulders when talking about it.

"We're not going to let it go. I think it's part of the reason that we've been very good at times, " he said of an offense that averages 32 points per game at home. "For us to throw that out would be a little bit foolish of us just because a couple times here and there we haven't played great offense.

"We're really building something here. That's a big part of it so I think we have to continue to make a big part of it."

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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."