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RB Allen the standout of Ravens' 2015 draft class


RB Allen the standout of Ravens' 2015 draft class

Running back Buck Allen has been the most impressive player from the Ravens’ 2015 draft class.

While first-round pick wide receiver Breshad Perriman never played a snap due to a knee injury in training camp, fourth-round pick Allen has been a difference-maker offensively. After being benched for fumbling the previous week, Allen played a key role in Sunday’s 20-17 upset win over the Steelers. Allen contributed 114 total yards – 79 yard rushing and 35 yards receiving – and scored the Ravens’ final touchdown on a shifty three-yard run.

The Ravens coaching staff loves Allen’s talent, but they also love his toughness. This was a key game in Allen’s growth process, to see how he responded to being benched. Coach John Harbaugh loved what he saw.

“For him, that’s probably another great story about bouncing back,” Harbaugh said. “We’re not trying to punish him. (You) make a choice sometimes about what’s best in the long interest of playing winning football. He took it to heart. He’s a humble, hard-working, very confident guy. He came back and he answered the bell.”

Allen, who has 478 yards rushing this year, has been the Ravens’ primary running back since Justin Forsett suffered a season-ending broken arm. With Forsett already 30 years old, Allen figures to become the Ravens’ No. 1 back at some point. Whenever that time comes, Allen looks like he will be ready.

“Last week hurt me, to go out there and fumble,” Allen said. “I took full responsibility. The coaching staff believed in me and kept feeding me the ball.

“I just want to think them for believing in me and just staying with me and not giving up on me.”

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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."