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Suggs should get a bigger role in Cleveland game


Suggs should get a bigger role in Cleveland game

The Ravens could give Terrell Suggs an even bigger role in Sunday's game with the Browns. He caught many by surprise with his effort and how much he played in the Houston game two weeks, ago, especially since that was his first game back.

Suggs missed all of the spring, training camp and the first six games after a torn Achilles tendon forced him to have surgery. After that, Suggs had said he'd return this year, something many people doubted as that's an injury which often sidelines player for an entire season. 

But when talking to the media earlier this week, Suggs said he's ready to do whatever the coaches ask this week and didn't really notice the reaction his quick return brought. 

"I wasn’t really paying attention around the league," he said. "I was really still kind of bitter that we lost [to Houston], that I couldn’t come back in winning effort. I really didn’t hear the things around the league."

The main point of the the loss to Houston was that not only did Suggs return so fast, but he came back and made a real impact quickly, something that's especially important due to the loss of Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb with long-term injuries.

"The thing is we said I was going to come back this year, and we came back," Suggs said. "You guys shouldn’t have been shocked by it. Like I said, the only disappointing thing is I didn’t come back in a winning effort. The simple fact [is] that we lost the game, and we had a chance to be No. 1 in the AFC, and we didn’t do that. But the world doesn’t end. It’s not the end of the world. We still can achieve that goal. We just have to play better football.”

What will be interesting to watch is how much of a role Suggs gets in the Cleveland game on Sunday. The defense is likely going to hope he'll do bigger things and fill in the hole that Lewis left. It's going to be interesting to watch what Suggs does.

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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."