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Osemele gets reps at left tackle


Osemele gets reps at left tackle

The Ravens are experimenting with different combinations on the offensive line, as coach John Harbaugh has promised.

That includes possibly using rookie Kelechi Osemele, who has started every game at right tackle, at left tackle.

Michael Oher, who was the starting right tackle last season, has been the starter at left tackle all season.

"I don't really know. We worked on everything especially in the bye week. We switched a lot of guys around," Osemele said. "Even I was at left tackle during the bye week.  We're working on every different scenarios. … Worst-case scenarios."

Jah Reid, listed as a backup at right guard and tackle, coach John Harbaugh has more options.

"We got some guys that can get in there, rotate around," Osemele said. "Jah's back so that'll be good. We'll have a little more depth now."

Osemele injured his right ankle in the 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans. He had to be carted off the field and also had an issue with his right knee, but he was able to return in the second half as he avoided serious injury.

"I'm pretty much back to 100 percent. I'm as close as I'm going to be. I've been working on that over the bye. I'm getting healthy," he said.

Against the Browns, Osemele had trouble in the Sept. 27 game won by the Ravens 23-16. He failed to recognize their slow-developing stunts.  With seven games under his belt, he doesn't expect to have the same problems.

"At first it started off being a little bit slow, being a rookie and everything … I know the system a lot better than I did starting out so just watching the last Cleveland game I've seen significant improvement," Osemele said. "I don't even seem like the same player as the first time we played.

"Just my technique overall significantly improved. Just recognizing things. Recognizing when a guy is going to slant. My awareness has improved. WIth that your footwork improves as well."

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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."