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NFL Capsule: Ravens At Texans

NFL Capsule: Ravens At Texans

BALTIMORE (5-1) At HOUSTON (5-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Texans by 4 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 2-4; Houston 4-2

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 6-0

AP PRO32 RANKING - Ravens No. 3; Texans No. 4

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Texans 20-13, Jan. 15, 2011

LAST WEEK - Ravens beat Cowboys 31-29; Texans lost to Packers 42-24

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (14), PASS (11)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (26), PASS (22)

TEXANS OFFENSE - OVERALL (14), RUSH (6), PASS (18T)

TEXANS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (7), PASS (7)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - LB Ray Lewis (torn triceps) on injured reserve with ``designated to return'' tag, which provides him chance to play again this season. CB Lardarius Webb (torn ACL) out for season. ... OLB Terrell Suggs returned to practice Wednesday, his first workout since tearing Achilles tendon in April. ... Ravens have won six straight and 10 of last 11 against AFC opponents. Baltimore 37-15 vs. AFC since 2008. ... Ravens lead league with 34 offensive plays covering 20 yards or more. ... QB Joe Flacco leads league with 18 pass plays covering at least 25 yards. Flacco ranks third in yards per pass attempt (8.09) and seventh in yards passing (1,690). ... WR Anquan Boldin has nine receptions covering at least 20 yards, including a touchdown. ... Baltimore plus-7 in turnover margin. Ravens lead NFL with 404 takeaways since 2000. ... Baltimore has allowed only 28 100-yard rushers since 1999, an only 10 in last 89 games. ... S Ed Reed leads active players with 59 interceptions. Reed also NFL's career leader in interception return yardage (1,506 yards). ... Texans DE Tim Jamison placed on injured reserve after suffering an Achilles tendon injury last week. ... CB Johnathan Joseph sat out Wednesday's practice with groin injury and will be game-time decision. ... WR Andre Johnson can set franchise record by appearing in 129th game for team. Johnson topped 10,000 yards receiving last week... RB Arian Foster held to 29 yards in loss to Packers. He had run for more than 100 yards in three of previous four games. ... DE J.J. Watt leads NFL with 9 1/2 sacks. He has sack in six consecutive games, tying Mario Williams' franchise record. Watt also has 16 tackles for loss. ... Texans' defense has not allowed rushing TD this season and has held opponents to NFL-best 20 three-and-out possessions. ... Houston ranks second in passes defensed (41) and third-down defensive efficiency (27.6 percent).

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

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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."

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