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Terrell Suggs and a career reaching 'in the teens'

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Terrell Suggs and a career reaching 'in the teens'

OWINGS MILLS – A reflective Terrell Suggs knows the end of his career is closer than the beginning.

“When you get in the teens, you kind of just take it year by year,” said Suggs, now 32 years old and entering his 13th NFL season. “I’m definitely on the back nine.”

Suggs said Tuesday that reporting to Ravens mandatory minicamp felt strange, with so many former teammates no longer around. The trade of defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to the Lions impacted Suggs on a personal level. They are close friends. Their lockers were side by side. They had a ritual of walking onto the field together before every practice.

With Ngata gone, Suggs admitted he could not act like everything was the same. But that doesn’t mean he thinks the Ravens’ defense will slip, mentioning tackles Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan as players he expected to step up

Asked about Ngata’s departure, Suggs said. “The show must go on,” Suggs said. “We wish Haloti always tremendous success, until they play us. He’ll always be a Raven in spirit. Just trying to cope with it for right now.

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“I thought he was going to be one of those guys that kind of get to retire a Raven. But it didn’t happen that way. It’s unfortunate, but he’s still a great player. He’s going to do some good things for Detroit.”

The Ravens will need Suggs to play at a high level again at outside linebacker, coming off a superb season in which he had 12 ½ sacks. The loss of linebacker Pernell Suggs to the Bears in free agency, along with Ngata, could leave a void in the Ravens’ pass rush.

Suggs said he was in decent shape, but admitted he was pacing himself until training camp knowing it would be a long season.

“I’m definitely not at my fighting weight,” said Suggs. “I’m pretty much at my walk-around weight. I kind of owe it to myself to just pace myself. Come down to the tail en of the season, Week 9, Week 10, I still got something left in the tank.”

Suggs hopes he will be playing into February, helping the Ravens get back to the Super Bowl. He would love to accomplish that goal, and worry about how long he will keep playing afterward.

“I’m really looking forward to this year,” Suggs said. “At the end of the year, we’ll talk.”

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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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