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Thank Bisciotti for Monday night home game


Thank Bisciotti for Monday night home game

Former Ravensmajority owner Art Modell, who died on Thursday, is rightfully credited withbeing one of the architects of Monday Night Football, which grew to become anAmerican institution over the past 40 years. So it's somewhatfitting that the Ravens' first game after his death will be played on a Mondaynight. But make nomistake: This Monday night contest has current owner Steve Bisciotti'sfingerprints all over it.Since JohnHarbaugh became the Ravens coach in 2008, the Ravens have played six times onMonday Night Football -- and all six times have been on the road. That includedthat 12-7 fiasco of a loss at Jacksonville last season.Even before that,Bisciotti had made clear that he wasn't happy with the Ravens being routinelysnubbed for a Monday night home game. The Ravens' last Monday night home gamewas Dec. 3, 2007.Speaking toRavens PSL holders in August of 2011, Bisciotti was clearly miffed that the NFLschedule-makers had again bypassed Baltimore for a Monday night game in the2011 season. "We haventbeen on Monday Night Football in forever at home, he told the fans that day.They kind of slipped that one at Jacksonville in on me, and it was too late,and I obviously didnt fight hard enough when they asked us for our preferences.I was very disappointed, because I had mentioned it to the scheduling guys.When we didnt get it last year, they took note, but I will bet you a Ravenshat and a shirt that we are on Monday Night Football at home next year.When this year'sschedule came out ... what do you know? The Ravens open the season at home onMonday Night Football.Bisciotti said inJune that he fought "like hell" for a Monday night home game.The Ravensactually have three prime-time, nationally-televised games at home in the firstfour weeks. They host New England on Sunday night, Sept. 23, and then hostCleveland four days later in a game that will air on the NFL Network. "Theyfinally listened to me," Bisciotti said in June. "Im thrilled....Im very happy about it, and I thinkits going to be a fantastic weekend for us to open up on Monday night.

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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."