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Three things to think about versus Jags

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Three things to think about versus Jags

Theres always something different to watch in preseason games. Thursdays game with the Jaguars will give fans the most to look at, in terms of starters, since theyll play more than the first two.
To that end, heres a few things that my eyes will be watching for during the game.
1 The pass rush Thats been an already issue of some concern this summer. The pass rush clearly hasnt proven quite as effective as last year. As mentioned several times before, the Ravens know theyve got some holes to fill there, mainly because of the injury to Terrell Suggs and the loss of other players to free agency. And they certainly are not going to show all of their cards in a meaningless pre-season game. But they didnt get a sack last week against the Lions and werent able to get great pressure versus the Falcons. It will be interesting to see what they try to do in this contest.

2. The no-huddleWill the Ravens start looking like the Colts have in the past few years? The no-huddles done pretty well so far, and quarterback Joe Flacco seems to like it. How much are the Ravens going to use it in this game? Again, theyre not going to tip their hand too much, but its going to be interesting to see what they do with the no-huddle.
3. Pass coverageCan they do better than theyve done before? The Jaguars certainly arent the Lions and dont have any wide receivers like Calvin Johnson. But the Ravens can do better on pass coverage if they feature a better pass rush. The two things are intertwined, and the Ravens are still looking for success in both. The secondary has had some rough moments so far in the first two games.

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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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