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No huddle could be no problem for Ravens


No huddle could be no problem for Ravens

The Ravens will be looking to change things on offense this year. They want the offense to be more dangerous, to do more damage and basically take pressure off the defense.
One thing that many around the area including the team on their website have been talking about is how the Ravens were using the no-huddle or hurry-up offense. It showed some good looks in Fridays loss to the Lions, but, as weve said several times before, this is only the pre-season so the team wont show much.
Quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell knows a little about this from his days with the Indianapolis Colts, where former quarterback Peyton Manning often employed it. That offense lets a team control different phases of the game.

If you get up in the line of scrimmage, obviously, you can go as fast as you want to or as slow as you want to, coach John Harbaugh said when talking to the media after Sundays practice at Stevenson. We are going to be huddling at some point in time during the season. Its going to be part of what we do, but we get to the line of scrimmage, you can snap it or not snap it. So its kind of our choice.
The offense is always looking for ways to control the defense. Thats why you use different formations, sets and schemes. Its part of the game. Its part of every game.
But the way Manning and the Colts used it was different than other teams. It seemed kind of similar to what Jim Kelly and friends did with the Buffalo Bills and their high-octane offenses of the early 90s. There was a bit of a different twist since Manning was more interested in managing the clock.
It also seems to be something that could fit the talents of quarterback Joe Flacco.
It allows us to unwind the blitzes a little bit, to uncover their defense a little bit to some extent, Harbaugh said. I think Joes really advanced that way right now as far as determining that, and he gets to the line a lot of the times without a play or with a formation, and a few play options, and he can make the choice based on what he sees.

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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."