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Taliaferro injury could increase Allen's impact as rookie

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Taliaferro injury could increase Allen's impact as rookie

OWINGS MILLS - The knee injury (sprained MCL) to running back Lorenzo Taliaferro could have a ripple effect regarding what happens on the depth chart behind starter Justin Forsett. Here’s what to expect:

-  Rookie Buck Allen becomes the No. 2 running back.

Look for Allen to get plenty of work during the remaining two games of the preseason. Allen could use the experience, and the Ravens have no intention of running Forsett much prior to Week 1. If Allen seizes the opportunity, he could become an important part of the offense, especially due to his excellent hands for a running back. Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman has a history of utilizing running backs in the passing game. 

-  Terrence Magee and Fitz Toussaint should get a closer look. 

The Ravens are probably only going to carry three backs, in addition to fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Making the final 53 still looks difficult for Toussaint or Magee, unless Taliaferro is gone for an extended period. However, Magee was the Ravens’ leading rusher Saturday night (11 carries, 44 yards), showing impressive speed. And Toussaint was already part of the practice squad for most of 2014, before joining the active roster Dec. 13 for the rest of the season.

“Terrence looked good,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “He was a north-south runner, low to the ground, powerful dude. Just how he ran in college (at LSU) is how you saw him run the other night.”

Running backs coach Thomas Hammock expects all the backs to raise their games.

"They all have an opportunity to show what they can do," Hammock said.

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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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