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Ravens report card for Browns game: Offense


Ravens report card for Browns game: Offense

It's time once again to hand out the grades after the Ravens stunning 33-30 overtime loss to the Browns on Sunday. We begin with the offense:


Joe Flacco completed 19 of 35 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for two scores, one of them on a beautiful bootleg that fooled everyone. He hit Kamar Aiken for a 48-yard bomb early, but he didn't hit a deep ball after that. At one point Chris Givens got two steps behind Joe Haden down the sideline but Flacco never saw him. For much of the game, Flacco was content to hit his running backs and tight ends, who had 11 of the 19 receptions. But the Ravens seemed to let the foot off the gas. There were ample chances to put the Browns away, and Flacco and the Ravens failed to do it.


It took awhile for the Ravens to get going, but the running backs gashed the Browns in the second half. Justin Forsett finished with 21 carries for 121 yards and also had four catches for 49 yards before leaving with an ankle injury. Buck Allen, the only other healthy running back, had eight carries for 58 yards and broke off a season-long 44-yard run. Allen, though, couldn't do much after Forsett left with an injury, as the Ravens were held to a field goal despite first-and-goal at the 10 in the final minute of regulation. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk had three catches for 31 yards and a score.

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The line opened some huge holes on the ground, especially in the second half, when the Ravens averaged 7.7 yards a carry on the ground. That is dominant stuff. It makes the third-and-1 incomplete bomb to Kamar Aiken a real head-scratcher. Flacco was sacked once but didn't take many hits. The line didn't get called for any penalties, either. Eugene Monroe was solid in his return after missing three games with a concussion.


Nick Boyle made three catches for 27 yards and was solid as a blocker. He did a nice job in pass protection when asked to stay home and help. If Crockett Gillmore remains sidelined, the Ravens need more from second-round pick Maxx Williams. He had one catch for 0 yards.


The Ravens patchwork receiver group got off to a strong start, with Kamar Aiken hauling in an early 48-yard catch and practice-squad callup Jeremy Ross making catches on two straight plays to set up the Ravens first touchdown. Aiken had 78 yards receiving in the first half, but then did not touch the ball again. How unproductive were the Ravens receivers after halftime? They totaled exactly one catch after halftime -- for 0 yards. That was Marlon Brown's total production for the day. The Ravens took one deep shot to Chris Givens but he didn't come up with the contested catch, and rookie Darren Waller left with a concussion. Overall, the lack of Steve Smith was glaring, which came as a surprise to no one.

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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."