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How failures to finish doomed Baltimore vs. Jaguars

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How failures to finish doomed Baltimore vs. Jaguars

BALTIMORE – The Ravens’ most-recent heartbreaking loss should have never come down to Elvis Dumervil’s facemask penalty, or to Jason Myers’ game-winning field goal.

Since Week 1, the Ravens (2-7) have consistently had trouble finishing games. It happened again Sunday, and the result was an unfathomable 22-20 loss the Jaguars, a team that had lost 13 consecutive road games. The atmosphere in the Ravens’ locker room was a combination of disbelief and frustration. 

Here are some reasons why the Ravens should have trouble sleeping:

- With 20 seconds to play, Ravens safety Kendrick Lewis dropped a potential interception that would have closed the game out.

“I had a chance to seal it,” Lewis said in a stunned Ravens’ locker room. “When the plays come to you, you’ve got to make those. That’s why we’re here. That’s why they pay us and I didn’t today.”

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- On the final play from scrimmage, when Dumervil got his facemask penalty to set up the Myers field goal, several Ravens admitted they stopped playing, thinking the clock had already run out and that the game was over. 

“We all thought the game was over,” said Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw. “But we have to finish better. We kind of left Doom (Dumervil) out there alone.”

 - Early in the fourth quarter, with the Ravens leading, 14-13, Ravens returner Jeremy Ross muffed a punt, and the Jaguars recovered to set up a go-ahead touchdown. 

In that situation as a returner, you want to avoid a muff or a fumble at all costs. Ross committed a cardinal sin.

- The Ravens had four turnovers – two interceptions thrown by Joe Flacco, a Flacco fumble, and Ross’ muff.

When you commit four turnovers, you are not supposed to win. It looked like the Ravens were going to get away with it. But they didn’t.

“We’re just leaving room for stuff like this to happen,” Flacco said. “At the end of the day, we’re not good enough.”

That candid statement by Flacco summed up the 2015 Ravens. They have lost seven games by a total of 32 points. More often than not, they play just well enough to lose. 

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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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