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Rainey makes case vs. Pierce


Rainey makes case vs. Pierce

Most of the running duties were shared between rookies Bernard Pierce and Bobby Rainey, but which one of them performed well enough to get the upper hand as the No. 2 back next to Ray Rice?

After Thursday's 48-17 win vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars, the jury is likely still out with both presenting contrasting styles. The Ravens also threw the ball 48 times, with 36 pass attempts by starter Joe Flacco.

Pierce ran 10 times for 35 yards. Rainey only had seven yards on two carries as both averaged just 3.5 yards per carry. Neither scored a rushing touchdown, though coach John Harbaugh was satisfied with the effort.

The Ravens moved up in the draft to select Pierce in the third round. Pierce has dealt with hamstring injuries during training camp.

"Pierce was physical. He had been talking about his hamstring a lot to me, and then he jumped over that guy. So I don't want to hear anything more from the hamstring," Harbaugh said with a laugh. "The hamstring talk is finished."

Rice already is sold on Pierce.

"One thing I know is that when I come out the coaches want to feel confident about who we put in," he said. "You don't draft a guy that high to sit on the sidelines."

Rainey was undrafted, but showed why he's likely a lock to make this roster. His pass catching ability out of the backfield is where he shined and has the edge on Pierce.

Rainey ran a wheel route out and caught a pass from Flacco over the top on third down-and-three. It was a 17-yard gain that put the Ravens on Jacksonville's 12 and led to the first touchdown by the first unit since the preseason opener vs. the Atlanta Falcons.

In the fourth quarter, Rainey caught a pass near the line of scrimmage from backup Tyrod Taylor and took it 48 yards for a touchdown.

"I'm coming in with a chip on my shoulder, definitely," Rainey said about being an undrafted free agent.

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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."