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McKinnie still a starter ... on paper


McKinnie still a starter ... on paper

A little more than one week into the grind of training camp, a depth chart is now up on the Ravens official website.

No one is going to hold the coaches to anything published there, because it obviously can change, but some of the positional rankings are interesting, to say the least.

For instance:

Bryant McKinnie is listed as the starting left tackle, opposite Michael Oher as the starting right tackle, with Kelechi Osemele backing up Oher. (Comment: McKinnie hasn't practiced yet after reporting late to training camp, but the Ravens obviously haven't "given up" on him, as some believe.)

Arthur Jones is holding down the starting defensive end spot ahead of Pernell McPhee. (Comment: A knee injury put McPhee behind in one of the team's biggest training camp battles, but he is back on the field now.)

Courtney Upshaw is in Terrell Suggs spot as the starting rush linebacker, backed up by Sergio Kindle, while Paul Kruger has taken over Jarret Johnsons job as the strong-side sam linebacker, backed up by Albert McClellan. (Comment: The depth chart generally favors incumbents and players who have been on the team, but Upshaw is penciled in to start as a rookie.)

Cary Williams is listed as the starting cornerback opposite Lardarius Webb, with Jimmy Smith backing up Webb. (Comment: Could be an example of the depth chart favoring incumbents. Williams and Smith are battling for a starting job, but regardless of who wins, both will play.)

Jacoby Jones is listed as the No. 1 guy for returning both kickoffs and punts. (Comment: The punt return job is his. The question is will he returns kickoffs, too.)

Anthony Allen is the No. 2 running back behind Ray Rice, followed by (in order) Damien Berry, Bernard Pierce and Bobby Rainey. (Comment: Don't believe what you read. Pierce, as a third-round draft pick, is the favorite, and Rainey, an undrafted rookie, is turning heads. This is wide open.)

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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."