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Injuries could be topic for Harbaugh, Kelly in August

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Injuries could be topic for Harbaugh, Kelly in August

When the Ravens hold joint practices against the Eagles in August, coaches John Harbaugh and Chip Kelly could have some interesting dialogue between them.

One topic they discuss could be injuries, and how to avoid them. According to one measure of data, the Eagles have been the healthiest team in the NFL the past two seasons. The Ravens haven’t done badly either, ranking as the league’s third healthiest team the past two years, according to a metric created by Pro Football Outsiders. The website uses a metric called AGL (Adjusted Games Lost), which compiles data from injury reports and injured reserve.

http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2015/2014-adjusted-games-lost

According to AGL, the Ravens were the seventh healthiest team last season, and the ninth healthiest team in 2013. That combination made them the third healthiest over a 24-month span, ranking behind only the Eagles and the Jets.

Unfortunately for the Ravens, most of their serious injuries last season were at one position –cornerback. Jimmy Smith, Asa Jackson, Danny Gorrer, Aaron Ross, and Tramain Jacobs all suffered season-ending injuries last season.

The Ravens pride themselves on being a well-conditioned team, and Harbaugh has praised head athletic trainer Mark Smith for doing a masterful job helping players return quickly from injuries.

However, Harbaugh is always seeking information about the best ways to practice and train. Kelly has received plenty of attention for his belief in sports science. Kelly and Harbaugh obviously relate well enough to agree on joint practices. Avoiding the injury bug may be another topic the two coaches discuss when their teams get together in August.

 

 

 

 

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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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