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Rookie RBs effective, similar

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Rookie RBs effective, similar

The Ravens have a good problem. They have two running backs who appear worthy of being No. 2 in Bernard Pierce and Bobby Rainey.

Pierce, who the team traded up to select in the third round of this year's draft, is the favorite to win the job while the undrafted Rainey likely will fall into the No. 3 spot after Thursday's preseason finale at the St. Louis Rams.

Rainey, standing 5-8 and 212 pounds -- the exact measurables of Ray Rice -- has proven to be an excellent receiver out of the backfield as he has challenged Rainey, who was limited by hamstring issues early in the preseason. Rainey also has surprised in other areas.

"He's a really smart football player. Usually, the toughest thing for a young running back is pass protection and I would say that might be the best thing he is doing," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said this week. "He's not a little guy. He's stout. He's not the tallest guy but he's really stepped in and did a great job in pass protection."

In the first two preseason games, second-year running back Anthony Allen failed miserably in pass protection and quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked as a result. Rainey and the other rookies, Pierce and Damien Berry, have dominated the workload. Berry is built in the same mold, two inches taller than Rainey and weighing 223 pounds. Pierce is 6-0 and 218 pounds.

The Ravens aren't worried about having a backfield that resembles one another in stature and skills.

"A good player is a good player," Cameron said when asked about Rainey. "Great players, good players, come in all shapes and sizes. I don't know what the measurable is for a running back anymore. How do you measure a guy's heart? How do you measure a guy's mind? You measure Ray's mind, you measure his heart. You don't even think about what his height is. And this kid may be the same way."

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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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