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Ravens, Chargers react to Smith's season-ending injury


Ravens, Chargers react to Smith's season-ending injury

BALTIMORE -- The excitement of the Ravens’ last-second, 29-26 win over the Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday was somewhat muted by news that star wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. is lost for the season with a torn Achilles.

Smith was injured late in the third quarter as he ran after making a catch. He finished five catches for 82 yards. While Smith was treated on the field, players from both teams kneeled nearby.

As the Ravens (2-6) savored just their second win of the season – secured on Justin Tucker’s 39-yard field goal as time expired -- and looked forward to the coming bye week, the news about Smith weighed heavily on his teammates and the Chargers as well.

Here is some of the reaction from the locker room:

QB Joe Flacco: “I’m not afraid to say when you have a guy like that, what he means to this team, this organization, myself, what he’s done and just the kind of competitor he is … it’s probably a little tougher when you lose a guy like that.”

CB Lardarius Webb: “It’s sad. … He’s meant so much to this team. Just his leadership, the guy who he is, he teaches so much. He’s amazing, man. … Just a genuine guy, a competitor, a winner. We’re going to miss him.”

DT Timmy Jernigan: “It was definitely a blow. We know what Steve stood for. Steve is the toughest person I know. He’s the toughest person I’ve ever seen in my life. The dude’s tough as nails. I just pray everything works out for him.”

CB Asa Jackson: “That’s a guy that comes in and is just the epitome of a professional, but still one of the coolest and most fun guys to be around day to day. I’ve learned so much from him, not only on the field for Sundays, but off the field and how to live and how to treat people.”

LB Elvis Dumervil: “It’s tough, man, but in the NFL it happens. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We just have to keep going.”

WR Marlon Brown: “It’s heartbreaking.”

Chargers CB Brandon Flowers: “That’s hard. That’s hard to see because I respect Steve so much. You don’t want to see a guy like that go down for the rest of the season at all. That’s tough. That’s why our whole defense huddled around him, so much respect to what he’s put into the game.”

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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."