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Upon further review: Week 4


Upon further review: Week 4

It's time onceagain to slip under the replay hood and see how our 10 predictions did for theBrowns game:
1. The Brownswill not score on their opening possession.CORRECT. TheBrowns went 17 yards in five plays but then the Ravens forced a punt. In fourgames this season, the Browns have failed to score a first-quarter touchdownand have been outscored in the first quarter 21-6. 2. Ray Rice willrush for 100 yards.INCORRECT. Forthe seventh time in nine career games against Cleveland, Rice was held under100 yards rushing. Running room was in short supply as the Browns jammed thebox and forced the Ravens find another way to beat them, which theydid. Rice finished with 49 rushing yards on 18 carries, with no runs longerthan 10 yards.3. The Ravens willhave a pass play of 40 yards.INCORRECT.Barely. On the first play of the second quarter, facing third-and-7 from theRavens' 18-yard line, Joe Flacco aired out a pass down the left sideline thatTandon Doss hauled in with his fingertips. The play covered 39 yards, theRavens' longest offensive play of the game. 4. Tyrod Taylorwill play.CORRECT. Youmight have missed it, but Taylor, the Ravens' backup quarterback, lined up as awide receiver on the play when Flacco connected with Torrey Smith with theRavens' first touchdown. 5. The Ravensdefense will have at least two interceptions.INCORRECT. Brownsrookie quarterback Brandon Weeden threw a league-high six interceptions throughthree games, but he threw only one against the Ravens. Still, it was a whopper,the signature play of the game. With the Browns driving in the third quarterand trailing, 16-10, Weeden tried to throw a quick out route pass to TravisBenjamin. Cornerback Cary Williams stepped in front of Benjamin and raced theother way, untouched, for a 63-yard interception return touchdown and a 23-10Ravens lead.6. The Ravenswill have at least three sacks.INCORRECT.Pressure continues to be an issue for the Ravens. They brought pressure attimes, blitzing off the corners or up the middle, and they hit Weeden eighttimes. But linebacker Paul Kruger recorded the Ravens' only sack.7. Browns RBTrent Richardson will average less than 4 yards per carry.CORRECT. TheBrowns rookie back can be a load to bring down, but the Ravens limited him to47 yards on 14 carries (3.4 avg.) with no run longer than 7 yards. 8. The regular officials will draw huge cheers... and then some boos. CORRECT. In ascene perhaps never seen before, the regular officials received a standing ovationwhen they took the field, and then another loud roar when referee GeneSteratore could be heard before the coin flip saying, "Good evening, men,it's good to be back." The honeymoon lasted only until Bernard Pollard wascalled for a questionable unnecessary roughness penalty in the third quarter.The boos then rained down on Steratore and his crew.9. The Ravenswill lead by 10 or less at halftime....CORRECT. Whetherbecause the grind of two games in five days, or the rain, or just the generalslog of a rugged AFC North game, the Ravens came out sluggish. They built a 9-0lead, although a botched extra-point attempt cost them a point, and then gaveup a 94-yard scoring drive late in the first half to cut their halftime lead to9-7. 10. .... but thenwill pull away to win. Ravens 34, Browns 16PARTIALLYCORRECT. Win they did, but there certainly was no pulling away. In fact, theBrowns had two shots at a game-tying touchdown on the final two plays of thegame. The second came after Paul Kruger was flagged for shoving Browns tackleJoe Thomas -- a huge, strong guy who pulled off quite the flopping job to getthe call. But the Ravens did get the win to improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 inthe AFC North and earn a well-deserved long weekend after a stretch of fourgames in 18 days.

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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."