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National power rankings


National power rankings

The nationalmedia are weighing in with their weekly NFL power rankings, and as expected,the Ravens' stock has dipped, though not as much as might be expected after aloss. After all, as some pundits point out, it was a one-point loss, on theroad, against a good team, with a questionable pass interference call negatinga potential clinching touchdown. Then again, the Ravens allowed nearly 500yards of offense and Joe Flacco was 8-for-25 in the second half. Here's where theRavens stand in the latest national power rankings:
CBS Sports.com:No. 6 (down one spot from last week): "That vaunted defense might not bewhat some think it will be. How else can you explain nearly 500 yards by theEagles?"ESPN: No. 6 (downthree spots): Baltimore needs to give Ray Rice the ball after giving him a bigcontract this summer.."
NFL.com: No. 5 (down one spot: "Baltimore onlyfalls one spot due to several teams in the top 10 struggling in Week 2. TheRavens narrowly lost to the Eagles on the road, and had plenty to gripe aboutafter the loss. (That offensive pass interference call on Jacoby Jones sure didloom large ...) Of bigger concern was Joe Flacco's inability to handlepressure, as well as his propensity to just throw the ball up for grabs. A22-for-42 performance with statuesque mobility? Feels very Bledsoe-esque."Fox Sports(rankings done by former Ravens coach Brian Billick): No. 5 (down two spots):The Ravens may blame the replacement referees for their Week 2 loss, but I'llblame it on the lack of offensive production in the second half. This lookedlike a completely different team than the Week 1 Ravens, and it starts with QBJoe Flacco.Pro FootballTalk: No. 6 (down two spots): "Maybe Joe Flacco shouldnt have shaved hisunibrow.."Pro FootballWeekly: No. 5 (unchanged): High-octane offense Week One; it looked lost late inWeek Two."The SportingNews: No. 4 (down two spots): "The Ravens will count on (Haloti) Ngatagetting in Tom Bradys face this week. The Ravens best defender should beangry after a bad result against the Eagles."

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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."