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'Two-A-Days' with the Ravens


'Two-A-Days' with the Ravens

ESPN's Mike &Mike morning show has been examining every NFL team as part of its"Two-A-Days" feature leading up to the regular season. Friday, itwas the Ravens' turn. The crew came upwith five questions about the Ravens, which Mike Greenberg said came"agonizingly short" last season."Shouldabeen there," Mike Golic added. Referring to the end of the AFCChampionship Game, he said, "(Joe) Flacco couldn't put the ball in anybetter spot for a receiver in the end zone. They should have been in the SuperBowl."Their five bigquestions facing the Ravens:How far can JoeFlacco take the Ravens?Golic says Flaccois starting to "get the Tony Romo treatment as to 'boy, oh boy, this guy'sno good.' ... I like him. ... He had the ball right on the money to put histeam in the Super Bowl last year. He outplayed Tom Brady in the AFCChampionship Game, so he absolutely can take this team all the way."How much do RayLewis and Ed Reed have left in the tank?Golic says thatat their ages, Lewis is 37, Reed is 33, "Getting them on the field, theycan make some plays. Keeping them on the field is going to be the issue."
Adds Greenberg:"It's also fair to assume that those guys are going to take a stepbackwards.
How devastatingis the loss of Terrell Suggs?"That's a big, big-time loss for this team," Golic says. "They have to find ways toovercome that, either with another individual or with scheme."Will the bigcontract for Ray Rice lead to big results?Says Golic: "Oh,it better ... This offense, the team wants to run it through Ray Rice, whetherhe's running the ball, whether he's catching the ball out of the backfield. Heis such a major, major part of this offense."
This season,Baltimore will finish (with what record)?
Both have themgoing 11-5. Greenberg: "You put together a handful of teams in the AFCthat you really like, and that's one of them."You can heartheir entire breakdown of the Ravens here.

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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."