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NFL Capsule: Chiefs at Buccaneers

NFL Capsule: Chiefs at Buccaneers


Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 3 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Kansas City 2-3; Tampa Bay 2-1-1


AP PRO32 RANKING - Chiefs No. 29; Buccaneers No. 25

LAST MEETING - Buccaneers beat Chiefs 30-27 OT, Nov. 2, 2008

LAST WEEK - Chiefs lost to Ravens 9-6; Buccaneers Bye





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Since winning five of first seven meetings between teams, Bucs have won three straight over Chiefs to even series 5-5. ... Chiefs QB Matt Cassel left last week's loss to the Ravens with a concussion and his status for Sunday is uncertain. If he doesn't play, Brady Quinn figures to make his first NFL start in three years. ... Regardless of whether Cassel or Quinn plays, Bucs know they have to contain RB Jamaal Charles, who's coming off a 140-yard rushing performance against Baltimore is averaging 153.6 over the last three games. ... Chiefs last in league in turnover margin at minus-15. ... Bucs, off last week, are 9-7 following bye. ... Bucs still trying to establish running game under first-year coach Greg Schiano. RB Doug Martin third among NFL rookies with 247 yards rushing, and Schiano has said he'd like to get third-year pro LeGarrette Blount, a 1,000-yard rusher as rookie, more involved in running attack, too, to provide 1-2 punch of contrasting styles. ... Two weeks ago against Washington, Tampa Bay had pair of 100-yard receivers (Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams) in same game for first time in 20 years. ... Bucs QB Josh Freeman has been inconsistent, but showed signs of reverting to form of two seasons ago when he threw for 299 yards and a touchdown to help Bucs overcome 18-point deficit before falling to the Redskins 24-22 on a last-minute field goal. ... Bucs PK Connor Barth has converted franchise-record 25 consecutive field goals, longest current streak in NFL.


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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."