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Numbers for Ravens through Week 4


Numbers for Ravens through Week 4

Statistics are a big part of life in the NFL nowadays. There's numbers for just about everything for people to analyze on offense, defense and special teams.
Here's a look at some numbers the Ravens have posted as they've gotten off to a 3-1 start so far this season. They are one-fourth of the way through the season, and it's a good time to take a look.
1,269-- The number of passing yards that Joe Flacco's thrown for in his first four games. That's an average of 317.3 yards per game. Now, if you stretch that out over a 16-game season, it means that Flacco is on pace to throw for an impressive 5,076 yards. That's a number that could put him in the elite level that Flacco's been talking about in the last few seasons.
491--That's the total yardage that Ray Rice has compiled through those four games, even though he's not getting his hands on the ball as much so far this season. The interesting number for Rice is 22, the number of catches he's posted this year. He'd be on pace for 88 receptions if he continues at that rate.
20.8--The number of yards per catch that Torrey Smith has posted so far. He's got 16 catches for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Those are all big numbers and a key reason the Ravens' passing game is so much more effective this season. In fact, the 332 yards Smith's posted have him second in the NFL after Thursday's game.
8--That's the number of punts that Ravens kicker Sam Koch has dropped inside the opposing team's 20-yard line so far. He's tied with two other punters for second in the entire NFL.
33-- Total tackles that linebacker Ray Lewis has posted in those first four games. He's also got one sack. The Ravens need him on defense as it's a group that's taking some time to come together and find its way.

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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."