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Jaguars fiasco is distant memory

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Jaguars fiasco is distant memory

The sight of theJacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium is likely toconjure up some bad memories for Ravens fans. It was atJacksonville, after all, that the Ravens turned in perhaps their worst effortof the 2011 season. Not only did they suffer a 12-7 loss to a far inferiorteam, but the offense simply melted down on national television. The Ravens went nearly 40 minutes without afirst down, and frustration was evident afterward as Terrell Suggs was criticalof the fact that Ray Rice had just eight carries in the game. But for Ravensplayers and coaches, that game might as well have been played on Saturn. Itwill have no bearing on preseason Week 3 of the 2012 season. The Ravens arelooking only forward.
"I thinkwere looking at it as a good test for us and just another opportunity for usto go out there and work on what weve been working on all training camp and goout there and be successful at it," quarterback Joe Flacco said afterpractice on Monday.For Flacco andthe Ravens offense, that means finding the end zone. The Ravens starters haveaccounted for just one touchdown in the first two preseason games. AgainstDetroit last week, the Ravens had to settle for pair of field goals beforeFlacco left the game, including a 33-yarder by Billy Cundiff after the Ravenshad first-and-goal at the Lions 7-yard line. "I think thebiggest thing I can look at in the last couple games, especially last game, isjust finishing off drives," Flacco said, "getting down in the redzone and putting touchdowns on the board. If you want to score a lot of pointsin this league and you want to run away with a couple games here and there whenyoure given a chance which isnt often youve got to put the ball in theend zone. So, I think thats one thing that Id like to see, is when we getdown there this week, is stick it in there.

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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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