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Ravens cut roster to 53

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Ravens cut roster to 53

Well the cutshave been made. The training camp roster of 90 was cut to 75, and now 75 hasbeen cut to the Final 53. Except it isn't likely to be the Final 53. The Ravensreached their 53-man roster Friday by 9 p.m., as mandated by the league, bymaking 22 roster moves on Friday. They released 15 players, terminated thecontract of one and sent six to injured reserve. There were nohuge surprises on Cut-down Friday. The biggest news among Ravens cuts actuallyoccurred earlier in the week, when kicker Billy Cundiff was let go in favor ofJustin Tucker.The Ravens' final 53-man roster -- for now -- includes 24 offensive players, 26 defensive players and three specialists. Let's take aquick look at how the roster breaks down:QBs (2) -- JoeFlacco, Tyrod TaylorThe skinny: TheRavens stick with two quarterbacks and cut Curtis Painter. But expect to see Tayloron the field more this season in some capacity.RBs (4) -- VontaLeach, Bernard Pierce, Bobby Rainey, Ray RiceThe skinny:Pierce got a late start but wins the job as Rice's primary backup, and Raineyis an upset winner of the No. 3 running back job over Anthony Allen (cut) andDamien Berry (injured reserve).TEs (3) -- BillyBajema, Ed Dickson, Dennis PittaThe skinny:Bajema took the most advantage of the training camp injuries to Dickson andPitta, working as the No. 1 tight end for the past month and winning the No. 3tight end job.OL (9) -- C Matt Birk, CG Gino Gradkowski, TRamon Harewood, T Bryant McKinnie, T Michael Oher, GT Kelechi Osemele, GT Jah Reid, G Marshal YandaThe skinny: Theonly mild surprise here is the Ravens opted to keep just two centers; reportssurfaced Friday that veteran CG Tony Wragge had made the team, but they provederroneous. There have been a lot of moving parts in this line all camp; thelineup for the opener still might not be known.WR (6) -- AnquanBoldin, Tandon Doss, Jacoby Jones, Torrey Smith, Deonte Thompson, LaQuanWilliams The skinny:Undrafted Thompson beats the odds and grabs the final receiver spot, making a fast group evenfaster.DL (7) -- NTTerence Cody, DT Bryan Hall, DE Arthur Jones, NT Ma'ake Kemoeatu, DT HalotiNgata, DE Pernell McPhee, DE DeAngelo TysonThe skinny: The only questions were whether Hall, apractice squad player a year ago, or Tyson, the Ravens seventh-round pick thisspring, would make the team. They both did, perhaps using strong play againstthe Rams to seal the deal.LB (8) -- BrendonAyanbadejo, Dannell Ellerbe, Sergio Kindle, Paul Kruger, Ray Lewis, JameelMcClain, Albert McClellan, Courtney UpshawThe skinny: TheRavens stay loyal to Kindle, a former second-round draft pick who has donelittle as of yet. But with Terrell Suggs out, and Upshaw (shoulder) banged up,depth is a major issue.
DB (11) -- CB ChykieBrown, S Sean Considine, DB Danny Gorrer,CB Corey Graham, CB Asa Jackson,S Bernard Pollard, S Ed Reed, CB Jimmy Smith, S Christian Thompson, CB Lardarius Webb, CB CaryWilliams.The skinny: Brownand Gorrer land on the roster thanks mainly to special teams play, butpreseason Mr. Turnover Omar Brown does not survive the cut. Specialists (3)-- LS Morgan Cox, P Sam Koch, K Justin TuckerThe skinny: Tucker's emergence, and his beating outincumbent Billy Cundiff, was among the top stories of camp.

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

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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."

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