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QB Dixon may be on practice squad


QB Dixon may be on practice squad

Several media reports today are saying that the Ravens have signed former Pittsburgh back-up quarterback Dennis Dixon to the practice squad.
The Baltimore Sun and the teams web site are both saying that Dixon will be one of the players on the practice squad for this season. Dixon has been a back-up throughout his career with the Steelers.
He played in three games from 2008-2010 and threw one touchdown with two interceptions.
Ironically, the game thats probably his best NFL performance came against the Ravens in 2009. In Baltimore, Dixon completed 12 of 26 for 145 yards with one touchdown and one interceptions as the Ravens edged the Steelers, 20-17.
Dixon was intercepted by Paul Kruger in overtime, and that set up the game-winning field goal that night.
The Ravens had to deal throughout the pre-season with the questions of who would win the No. 2 quarterbacks job and also whether or not theyd keep three quarterbacks on the team this year. Last year, they went with two.
But the Ravens brought in Curtis Painter to battle with Tyrod Taylor, last years back-up, to go for that job. Painter did well at times, but Taylor beat him out for the No. 2 job.
The Ravens then cut Painter, a former back-up to Peyton Manning with the Colts, on Friday. That left them with two quarterbacks only on the roster. Putting Dixon on the practice squad will give the team some help in case Flacco or Taylor goes down. Theyd have a quarterback they can go right to who will be working with the team and learning the system.
Dixons been in the NFL since 2008, so he understands the way the world works in pro football. Hes a good quarterback to have in a back-up role.

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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."