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Gillmore misses second practice, could miss game


Gillmore misses second practice, could miss game

OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens will be missing a valuable offensive weapon if tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf) can’t play Thursday night against the Steelers. Gillmore missed practice for the second straight day Tuesday, and he was sidelined during the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Bengals.

Gillmore had not been declared out as of Tuesday night. But talking after practice, Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman sounded like Gillmore missing the game was a definite possibility. If Gillmore does not play, rookies Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle will share the load at tight end.

“We got some young guys playing this week, we know that,” Trestman said. “With Crockett being out, we got some young tight ends that we really love to coach, we love the development that they’re going through right now. We expect them to step up and play well for us.”

With 10 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, Gillmore is the team’s second most productive target this season behind Steve Smith. But Williams has also contributed with five catches for 67 yards, while Boyle has two catches for 19 yards.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh praised Williams and Boyle for showing poise as rookies.

“I thought they both did a really good job (Sunday),” said Harbaugh. “These two guys are not two guys that it’s too big for. Both of these guys ,they love being out there, they just want to make plays. They’re tough, competitive, they’re physical. They kind of remind me of Crockett a year ago. I really like our young tight ends.”

However, neither rookie tight end blocks as well as Gillmore, which could hurt the Ravens’ already struggling running game.

Defensive end Chris Canty (calf) also missed practice Tuesday, as did wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee).

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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."