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Steve Smith talks trash to young Eagles cornerback


Steve Smith talks trash to young Eagles cornerback

PHILADELPHIA – Here is a matchup to watch at Ravens-Eagles joint practice – Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith vs. Eagles rookie cornerback Eric Rowe.

The trash talking has already begun. Well, at least it has begun for Smith. Both Smith and Rowe went to the University of Utah. That means Rowe is on Smith’s radar. That means Rowe will hear from Smith, like he did during Wednesday’s practice.

“He told me to get my feet right,” Rowe said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “And then when I broke up the pass, he was like, ‘I saw in your eyes, it looked like you (soiled) yourself.’ And I was like, ‘No man, I don’t panic out here.’ I expected that coming from him, but I just laughed.’’

Rowe was beaten a few times by Smith and other Ravens receivers Wednesday. But Rowe made a nice recovery against Smith in the end zone, knocking the ball away from him at the last minute to prevent a touchdown.

Of course, Smith was not in the mood to give Rowe much credit after practice.

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“He made a play, I think,” Smith said. “You can write whatever you want. You’re going to find out Saturday (during the Ravens-Eagles preseason game). It’s 15 years bro. Fifteen years, come on. A little guy- I’m the guy from Utah. He’s from Utah. We’re going to come out here, make plays, have fun. But I can’t assess someone out of a six-second route if he’s going to be the next Deion Sanders. I’m not saying that he won’t.”

Deep down, Smith wants to see a young player from his alma mater have success in the NFL. So imagine the trash talking that Smith does to cornerbacks he doesn’t like.

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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."