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The Ravens have only been in training camp for a week, but that's long enough for the organization to start formulating opinions, some of which are more obvious than others. Here are a few early stock projections:

Up: Kelechi Osemele With Bryant McKinnie out, the rookie second-round pick was immediately promoted to the first team as soon as his back spasms disappeared and he was cleared to practice. The Ravens like a lot of things about him, starting with his size, speed and athleticism. He might not end up starting this year, but soon enough.

Down: Jah Reid You cant blame a guy for getting hurt, but Reids calf injury is keeping him from a golden opportunity. Now Osemele seemingly has moved ahead of him. Before that, he was in line for a shot at left guard, but the Ravens went and signed veteran Bobbie Williams instead. The second-year tackle needs to get back and get going.

Up: Bobbie Williams Remember when replacing Ben Grubbs was a big issue? You always wonder whether a 13-year veteran coming off an ankle fracture has anything left, but Williams looks fit and rugged. Plus, hes a gregarious guy in the locker room, a big hit. Looks like a good signing.

Down: Dannell Ellerbe He didnt play that well in 2011 but the Ravens still gambled and gave him a second-round tender worth 1.92 million for 2012 because they werent sure of their depth at linebacker. Hes been quiet in camp.

Up: Deonte Thompson The undrafted free agent receiver from Florida turned heads in the spring practices and continues to look good. Receivers coach Jim Hostler had high praise for him in an interview with reporters. Theres a tight roster squeeze at his position, but its doubtful the Ravens are just going to jettison a speedy playmaker.

Down: Anthony Allen The second-year running back has to stand out to beat out Bernard Pierce, this years third-round pick, for the job of backing up Ray Rice. Its not happening so far.

Up: Sergio Kindle He might never be the force the Ravens envisioned when they made him the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 draft, but he looks much more polished and has made his presence known with his combination of size and speed. At this point, it's looking like he has a job.

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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."