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Jah Reid steps up for the Ravens


Jah Reid steps up for the Ravens

The Ravens defensive line sported a lot of new looks Sunday against the Raiders. With defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder, knee) sitting out, rookie DeAngelo Tyson got his first career start, and Courtney Upshaw made a guest appearance as an interior lineman.

The offensive line unveiled its own new look of sorts, with second-year lineman Jah Reid getting the most extensive action of his career at left guard in place of the banged-up Bobbie Williams (ankle).

Reid had been inactive the first seven games while recovering from a calf injury originally sustained during minicamp. He finally saw his first action of the season, playing a handful of snaps against Cleveland two weeks ago. Then against the Raiders, Reid replaced Williams early in the second quarter and played the rest of the game, giving him some experience and giving Williams some much-needed rest.

"It was great to be out there," Reid said in the locker room after the Ravens' 55-20 rout of Oakland. "Of course I had some growing pains, and I got to learn from my mistakes, but it was awesome to go out there and help this team win."

Coach John Harbaugh said after the game that "Jah Reid has been coming on and practicing well. What Jah needs is playing time. He needs experience. He needs snaps on the field, so it was our plan to start him out there in the third series no matter what and then play him as much as we could."

Reid, a third-round pick out of Central Florida in 2011, appeared in every game as a rookie last year, but primarily on special teams. The Oakland game represents by far the most extensive pro experience on offense for the 6-foot-7, 340-pound Reid,who has been working at both guard and tackle for the Ravens.

After reviewing the game film, Harbaugh said he saw "a lot of good things" from Reid, and "some other things that he can get better at. But he's a very physical player. He is really athletic. He can bend, he can get his pads down, and that’s not easy to do for a guy his size. He played well. There were some pass-protection-technique issues that he had. He has some pass-set things that he has to continue to work on that he knows about and he can work on. But all in all, he played pretty well.”

Harbaugh wouldn't say on Monday whether Williams will remain in the starting lineup, but Reid said he welcomes any and all action.

"The more playing time, the happier I am," he said.

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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."