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Turnovers not enough against Philly

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Turnovers not enough against Philly

The Ravens watched Eagles QB Michael Vick move his offense up and down the field throughout Sundays game. But a big reason the Ravens stayed close and led for a good part of the 24-23 loss is their defense helped cause four turnovers.
Three times, the turnovers came at the Baltimore 20 or closer to the end zone. Ed Reed added an interception at the Ravens 27. That stopped Philadelphia scoring drives, kept the Eagles from getting more points and jumping ahead early and let the Ravens make a run late in the first half.
Bernard Pollard made a nice play on the interception in the end zone on the first turnover. Two more fumbles helped the Ravens after that. Reed got the deflected interception in the second half.
The turnovers also helped the offense get the ball back, and the Ravens moved the ball well in the first half, taking a 17-7 lead at the break. But the Ravens couldnt do much on offense in the second half, scoring just six points.
The Ravens actually were able to come up with 10 points after the turnovers. In this game, the Eagles could have blown it open early and run away from the Ravens, but the miscues killed them.
For the Ravens, the defense was clearly trying to take the big play away from Vick and not let him hurt them. They did that for most of the game, and the Eagles have had problems with turnovers despite winning their first two games.
Philadelphia now has nine turnovers in its first two games, a ghastly number that wont make its coaches happy.
The Ravens stuck with the bend-but-dont-break format and gave up 486 yards and let the Eagles keep possession for almost nine minutes longer. In the end, the turnovers kept them in the game and gave Baltimore a good chance to win. The Ravens just werent able to finish the job.

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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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