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Osemele could be playing final game with Ravens on Sunday


Osemele could be playing final game with Ravens on Sunday

OWINGS MILLS - Will left tackle Kelechi Osemele be playing his last game with the Ravens on Sunday?

The situation is fluid with Osemele, an impending 26-year-old free agent who has made a smooth late-season transition from left guard to left tackle. Will the Ravens re-sign Osemele and part with left tackle Eugene Monroe, who is coming off recent shoulder surgery and his second straight injury-plagued season? Or will the Ravens save money by letting Osemele walk, and sticking with Monroe, who still has three years remaining on his five-year, $37.5 million contract?

Osemele, who has spent four seasons with the Ravens, sounded very open to staying following Wednesday’s practice. He told an interesting story about general manager Ozzie Newsome giving Osemele more confidence that he could successfully switch to left tackle.

"Ozzie did a really good job of encouraging me,” Osemele said. “The guy’s a visionary - he watched a lot of film. I was confident that he was confident. Him letting me know that this wasn’t anything random, that he knows what he’s doing.”

After a recent conversation with Newsome, Osemele thinks he could be in the Ravens’ plans for next season as the starting left tackle.

“He was really positive about it,” Osemele said. “I was positive about staying. I think we’ve done great work here, and obviously working with someone like that, you want to stay. You want to be around a guy like Ozzie. He’s just exceptional in the front office - you know you’re going to have great players around you. Everybody plays like a Raven. There’s nothing but fighters here. It doesn’t matter what the record is, everybody just goes out there and plays. We’ll just see what happens. I know if we can get a deal done, we will.”

Some team is going to pay Osemele well. Whether it will be the Ravens, or someone else, remains to be seen.

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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."