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Gillmore to IR, Ravens sign LB Carter

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Gillmore to IR, Ravens sign LB Carter

OWINGS MILLS – Tight end Crockett Gillmore (back) has been placed on season-ending injured reserve, and the Ravens have signed outside linebacker Chris Carter, the team announced Monday. Carter was a fifth-round Steelers draft pick in 2011, and has also played with the Colts and Bengals. 

While Gilmore won’t play until 2016, there’s a good chance cornerback Jimmy Smith (thigh) will play Sunday against the Steelers, according to coach John Harbaugh. Smith left Sunday’s game against the Chiefs in the first quarter. 

“Jimmy has a good chance,” Harbaugh said during his Monday press conference. “I just talked to him, I think he has a pretty good chance to play.”

In other Monday notes:

Harbaugh said he was not sure who would start at quarterback Sunday. Jimmy Clausen has started the last two games, but Matt Schaub was healthy enough to dress Sunday as Clausen’s backup. Ryan Mallett has only been on the roster since last week, and with just two games remaining, Harbaugh did not guarantee Mallett would see game action.

“He’s done a good job,” Harbaugh said of Mallett’s work ethic since arriving. “He’s been here practically 24-7, learning the offense. We’ll just see where it goes this week. Obviously the clock’s ticking. If we want to see him this year, we’re going to have to put him out pretty quick. It’s a matter of whether he’s ready to play. We also want to do justice to our chances to win the game, too.”

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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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