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Jaguars steal one from Ravens: 5 things you need to know


Jaguars steal one from Ravens: 5 things you need to know

BALTIMORE – Five things we learned watching the Ravens’ shocking 22-0 loss to the Jaguars, 22-20.

- Stick a fork in the Ravens at 2-7.

This was a crushing defeat in every way. It should have been over on the last play from scrimmage, when Elvis Dumervil sacked Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. But Dumevil clearly grabbed Bortles ‘ facemask and was called for a 15-yard penalty. That moved Jason Myers into field goal range, and he made a 53-yarder to win it on the final play. The Jaguars’ sideline went wild. The Ravens were stunned. It has been that kind of season for the Ravens – one crushing defeat after another. But in many ways, this loss was the most crushing.

- It will be interesting to see how the Ravens react to this loss.

They have seven games left to play, and it’s going to be tough to keep a positive outlook. Linebacker Zachary Orr got significant playing time and you may see more young players get opportunities. The Ravens have to start thinking more about next year.

- The Ravens were hurt by turnovers.

Flacco threw two interceptions and Jeremy Ross muffed a punt. It looked like they were going to get away with those mistakes. Instead, those turnovers came back to haunt them.

- Kamar Aiken did well as Joe Flacco’s go-to wide receiver.

After dropping his first chance, Aiken (seven catches, 73 yards) had a strong game and was Flacco’s favorite target. It was a good sign for the Ravens that Aiken got open consistently. They will need more of that without Steve Smith, but Aiken continues to step up when called upon.

- The Ravens made some defensive adjustments that almost paid off.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb also played safety in some situations. Webb had a strong game, including an interception, and a blitz that forced Bortles to take a sack by Brandon Williams. Orr saw time and linebacker and made some nice plays, including a tipped pass that ended a fourth-quarter Jaguar drive. The Ravens gave up plays, but not the big plays that have crushed them many times. Look for more changes moving forward.

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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."