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Harbaugh upset with several calls in Ravens' loss to Dolphins

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Harbaugh upset with several calls in Ravens' loss to Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, FL. – Ravens coach John Harbaugh was upset with the officiating after Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. He felt the Ravens got a bad spot during a second-quarter drive when they were stopped on fourth down. And Harbaugh felt Ravens wide receiver Daniel Brown should not have been called for pass interference, a call that wiped out a 52-yard TD reception by Brown.

Both calls occurred when the game was still scoreless, and could have turned momentum in the Ravens’ favor.

Here’s what Harbaugh had to say about Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub being marked short of a first down, on fourth-and-inches from the Dolphins’ two-yard line.

“The surge clearly went past the six inches or less that we had to get,” Harbaugh said. “He didn’t give it to us on the spot. You can’t challenge that, because in New York if they can’t see the ball, they’re not going to overturn. Whenever you get surge, the quarterback’s got the ball right up by his chest and he’s in there behind that offensive line, that’s a first. It always is, always has been.”

Harbaugh was even more livid about the pass interference call against Brown, when it appeared Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain simply fell down.

“I think (the official) got it backwards,” Harbaugh said. “He didn’t tell me that, but based on what I’ve been told…he (McCain) pushed off and fell down, and Brown didn’t push at all. He must have just gotten to it backwards. He’s a rookie. He messed it up.”

[RELATED: Ravens drop another close one to Miami]

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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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