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National power rankings


National power rankings

The Ravens' 9-6win at Kansas City on Sunday left many in the national media underwhelmed. TheRavens are still viewed as one of the top teams in the league, but the win inKC barely moved the needle on the power rankings, and in some cases moved itdownward. Here is where theRavens stand in various power rankings this week:
CBS Sports.com:No. 4, up one spot from last week: "We'll keep them here, but that waspretty darn ugly in Kansas City. That defense has issues."ESPN: No. 4, downone spot: Model of consistency: This marks the third straight season thatBaltimore has started 4-1."Fox Sports(rankings done by former Ravens coach Brian Billick): No. 6, down two spots:The Ravens gave up 214 yards rushing on Sunday, tied for second-most infranchise history. Teams just aren't scared to run right through the teeth ofthe Ravens defense like they once were, and that may come back to haunt thisteam late in the season.NFL.com: No. 4,unchanged: "There aren't many 9-6 games in the NFL anymore -- the currentrules just aren't conducive to defensive dogfights -- but they're pretty coolin my mind. The only downside for the Ravens is the gaping hole that is theirrun defense. Kansas City eclipsed 200 yards rushing, and Ray Lewis was overwhelmedon several occasions. Interesting factoid from Baltimore's win: This contestfeatured 45 passes total -- the lowest figure in any game all year."National FootballPost: No. 4, unchanged: "That was an ugly win in K.C., but it still countsfor the 4-1 Ravens."Pro FootballTalk: No. 2, down two spots: " Annnnnnd the Joe Flacco Contract LeveragePendulum swings back toward the team."Pro FootballWeekly: No. 4, unchanged: Old-school win: Offense does little, D forces fourturnovers."Don Banks,SI.com: No. 4, down one spot: " Now that looked like the old Ravensdefense in Kansas City, forcing four turnovers to go with four sacks. TheChiefs did gouge Baltimore for 214 yards rushing, but K.C. had to run it 50times to post that two-spot, so it was hard-earned real estate."Peter King,SI.com: No. 6, down two spots: " A meh game in Kansas City, but a win's awin."Yahoo.com: No. 5,down one spot: "Fall in NFL power rankings despite winning due to beingpartially responsible for what could go down as the ugliest game of the season.Yuck."

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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."