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Well traveled Trestman embraces challenge as Ravens OC

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Well traveled Trestman embraces challenge as Ravens OC

OWINGS MILLS – Will the latest stop in Marc Trestman’s coaching journey lead to offensive success for the Ravens?

Trestman’s arrival as the new offensive coordinator is one of the major storylines of the Ravens’ offseason. To call Trestman well traveled would be an understatement. At age 59, he is a coaching lifer. He has been either a head coach or assistant coach with nine other NFL organizations – the Bears, Vikings, Buccaneers, Browns, 49ers, Lions, Cardinals, Raiders, and Dolphins. He was also a successful head coach with the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL.

Finding someone more experienced than Trestman to replace Gary Kubiak would have been difficult. However, his recent two-year stint as the Bears head coach ended abruptly, when he was fired after a 5-11 season in 2014. Now Trestman has been hired to put his stamp on a Ravens’ offense that gelled in 2014 under Kubiak, now the Broncos’ head coach.

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Inquiring minds want to know. Will the Ravens’ offense change subtly, or dramatically?

Trestman isn’t giving many clues. But he has been animated at Ravens OTA sessions - shouting instructions and jogging downfield as plays develop. With each day, Trestman is finding out a little bit more about veteran offensive players like quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Justin Forsett, and wide receiver Steve Smith, as well as rookies Breshad Perriman and Maxx Williams.

“That’s what we want to do, is what these guys can do best,” Trestman said. “And that’s part of the daily process of throwing so much at them, is to find out what’s best for this group of guys.”

Trestman said he had not decided if he would call plays from the sidelines, or from upstairs during games.

“I’ve done both,” Trestman said. “Recently I’ve been on the field. I’ve been on the field for most of my career doing it, but I’ve been up in the box as well. It’s whatever is best for our football team. Whatever John (Harbaugh) thinks is best, that’s what we’ll do.”

Either way, Trestman is obviously excited to be doing what he loves – coaching football. The Ravens are hoping that Trestman’s latest stop helps them get back in the playoffs.

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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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