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Redskins sign Cundiff


Redskins sign Cundiff

Billy Cundiff wasn't out of work long.
Several media outlets are reporting this morning that the Redskins have signed Cundiff and booted last year's kicker, Graham Gano. The Redskins had Gano battling with Neil Rackers during camp. Gano appeared to have won the job when the 'Skins let Rackers go.
But the surprise move of the Ravens letting Cundiff go on Sunday changed everything. Gano made 31 of 41 kicks last year, but five got blocked. The Washington Post said Tuesday that number was an NFL high.
The Redskins' situation appeared much like the Ravens. They had a kicker there were some wonderings about, and they brought in another guy for competition.
The question now is how Cundiff will fare down there after rookie Justin Tucker beat him out for the Baltimore job.

Sadly, no matter what people say, that missed kick in the AFC title game last year would have hung over Cundiff's head as long as he was a Raven. There's just no way around it.
Even though he was one of the best kickers in the league in terms of kickoffs, he didn't do as well on long-distance kicks last year, going just 1-for-6 in kicks over 50 yards. In terms of kickoffs, Cundiff got 84 touchbacks the last two years, and that turned into a real weapon for the Ravens' defense.
However, it was that one short kick -- 32 yards -- in the AFC title game that people just couldn't seem to get out of their minds in this town all spring and summer.
Was he cut because of that kick? Of course not. It's just that a bunch of the fans and "experts" couldn't let it go, which could have created a tough environment for Cundiff.
Cundiff's a good kicker, and he will get a chance at a fresh start in Washington. Sports can be so unfair at times. But here's one example of when, while things didn't work out perfectly, Cundiff didn't make out half bad.

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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."