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Upon further review...


Upon further review...

It's time againto slip under the replay hood and review our 10 predictions for the Patriotsgame. But please don't mistake us for replacement officials...
1. Ray Rice willnot rush for 100 yards ....INCORRECT. Ricejust did reach the 100-yard threshold, carrying 20 times for 101 yards. It washis third 100-yard rushing game in five career games against the Patriots.Since the beginning of the 2010 season, the Ravens are 22-3 when Rice has atleast 20 touches. 2. .. and neitherwill Stevan Ridley. CORRECT. ThePatriots used a lot of no-huddle offense, which utilized Danny Woodhead as theback rather than Ridley. When Ridley played, though, the Ravens kept him incheck. He finished with 13 carries for 37 yards (2.8 avg.)3. The Patriots'Vince Wilfork will have at least two tackles for loss.INCORRECT.Wilfork was not nearly the force he was in the AFC title game last year, whenhe had three tackles for loss and a sack against the Ravens. Guard MarshalYanda locked horns with Wilfork much of the night, and double-teams also helpedneutralize the All-Pro defensive tackle. It was a big reason Rice was able torush for 100 yards.4. Anquan Boldinwill have at least four catches.CORRECT. TorreySmith deservedly earned the headlines, but Boldin did get involved in a passingattack that totaled 382 yards. Boldin finished with four catches for 48 yards,perhaps the biggest being a third-and-13 play in the second quarter in which helunged with the ball to reach the first-down marker. Originally ruled short ofthe first down, the spot was overturned on replay, giving the Ravens a firstdown. They scored their first touchdown three plays later.
5. If the Ravensface third-and-1, they will pass.INCORRECT.Actually, the Ravens faced fourth-and-1, and after being criticized all weekfor throwing on third- and fourth-and-2 in Philadelphia, offensive coordinatorCam Cameron called a run on fourth-and-1 from the Patriots' 33-yard line. Itfailed miserably. Mountainous left tackle Bryant McKinnie lined up at fullbackbefore shifting to the line, and the handoff went to backup running backBernard Pierce, not Ray Rice, running left. Blocking broke down, and Pierce wasdropped for a 1-yard loss. 6. Tom Brady willbe intercepted.INCORRECT. TheRavens didn't get enough of a pass rush to force Brady's hand very often, andhe had time to find receivers much of the night. He finished 28-for-41 for 335yards and one touchdown. Lardarius Webb appeared to intercept Brady late in thegame, but Webb was called for illegal contact. Webb was furious, but he didgrab a healthy chunk of jersey and probably should have been flagged forholding rather than illegal contact.7. Wes Welkerwill have at least five catches.CORRECT. Thedemise of Wes Welker appears to have been exaggerated, as he was targeted 10times and finished with eight catches for a game-high 142 yards. The Ravenssecondary, which looked suspect all night, lost him up the left sideline on a59-yard play.
8. The Ravenswill win the turnover battle.INCORRECT. Thelone turnover of the game occurred early, when Flacco's pass over the middleled Dennis Pitta too much and was an easy pick for safety Steve Gregory. His36-yard return set up the game's first touchdown.9. Justin Tuckerwill remain perfect.CORRECT, BARELY.Oh my. Tucker indeed made every extra-point and his only field-goal try, a27-yarder on the last play of the game. But it sliced just inside the rightupright -- or more accurately, over it -- and the Patriots argued that it waswide right. Tucker has been flawless so far, but this kick might not have beengood from 28 yards.
10. Final score:Ravens 27, Patriots 23PRETTY MUCHCORRECT. The game again exposed weaknesses on both teams, but as we predicted,"home-field advantage holds and the Ravens escape with a win." AndTorrey Smith received a very emotional and well deserved game ball.

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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."