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Thompson: 'I just want to be a Raven'

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Thompson: 'I just want to be a Raven'

ST. LOUIS -- After Thursday's preseason game which rookie helps himself the most?

Probably Deonte Thompson, who is trying to carve out a spot on the 53-man roster that likely will be heavy on receivers.

That means Thompson, an undrafted rookie, is on the perimeter of making the cut but showed he can be a threat on special teams consistently.

Thompson had several solid kick returns as he averaged 31 yards on three of them and an 11-yard touchdown catch -- across the middle even though he was well-covered -- in the 31-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams. He led all Ravens receivers with six catches for 68 yards.

"He made some plays ... He did well. He's going to have to be a coverage guy too," said coach John Harbaugh, noting that's if Thompson makes the team. "He's going to have to cover punts as a gunner and kicks as an outside guy as well."

Thompson feels good about his chance to make the cut.

"I going to try not to think about it," he said. "I think I played pretty solid, in all phases, special teams. I tried to put on a show and increase my value for the team."

The Ravens have put more emphasis on having quick-strike weapons. The special teams play, which can be shaky at times, needs all the help it can get. Thompson has come close to breaking a few returns for touchdowns already.

"That's how I want to be known. I want to be known as a game-changer," he said. "A guy that can pop the play every time the ball touches his hands. Thats my goal every game I go to. "

And if he makes it just as a special teams player?

"That's great," Thompson said. "I just want to be a Raven."

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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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