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Ravens finish plays and drives --and Jags

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Ravens finish plays and drives --and Jags

Finishing drives and plays better was something the Ravens talked about after last weeks loss to the Lions. And it was something they did much better Thursday night a big reason the Ravens turned this game into a rout.
The Ravens still got two field goals, but they also scored six touchdowns in a 48-17 laugher against Jacksonville in the third pre-season game for both teams. There wasnt much frustration for the offense on this night as they finished with 571 total yards and drove the ball up and down the field throughout the contest.
I think we did a good job overall, said quarterback Joe Flacco. There was still one drive early where I wish we would have put the ball in. I think we had a couple of opportunities where we just didnt get it done and ended up settling for a field goal. But, other than that, I think we did a good job.
The Ravens drove inside the Jacksonville 20-yard line five times and came away with four touchdowns plus a field goal. Those touchdowns were short scoring passes of eight and five yards from Flacco to Vonta Leach and Anquan Boldin along with Tyrod Taylors 8-yard TD pass to LaQuan Williams.
But they enabled the offense to finish drives, something that good teams need to do on a regular basis when getting the ball deep into opposing territory.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh also talked about how happy he was that his team finished things in general, like plays. Its a big reason the Ravens gained so much yardage and made so many things happen.
The thing we did was we finished things, Harbaugh said. OK, we finished things this game. Thats one thing weve been striving for. Its kind of been something important to us in practice, when youre fighting to accomplish that every single day. We finished catches. We finished runs. We finished blocks. We finished drives, for the most part.
Finishing the plays and drives helped the Ravens finish off the Jaguars without much trouble and turn in their best performance of the pre-season.

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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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