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What will Ravens do at left tackle?


What will Ravens do at left tackle?

Heres some interesting questions about Bryant McKinnie and his apparent return to the team that could be coming as early as Monday.
What will the Ravens do? Will they put him back at left tackle or is the job going to Michael Oher, whom the Ravens said they were moving there to take McKinnie's spot when the veteran didn't show at last week's start of camp?
Or, how much is there behind the scenes to the injuries that McKinnie is telling some media outlets hes got?
Sounds like As The Left Tackle Turns.
This can be a tricky situation for the Ravens. Coach John Harbaugh and the team pushed McKinnie hard on conditioning and everything seemed on course before all of this broke at the start of camp last week. When camp began, there was no McKinnie.
The Ravens didnt want to talk about the situation just then, but McKinnie is now telling places like the Carroll County Times that he hurt his lower back falling at home. He said he's planning to report and try to work the situation out, saying he could be on the field soon.
The question now is how long it would take him to get ready to play and practice. And then what would the Ravens want to do at that point?
They could hand him the starting left tackle job again and say that all is well. Or, they could do something a little different and make him earn the spot back. If so, that would create some of the position battles that Harbaugh and the staff seem to enjoy.
One thing that no ones really thought much about is this what happens if Oher is really ready to play at left tackle? He came into the NFL at that position before the Ravens moved him to right tackle last year. Hes in his fourth year, a more experienced guy now, and it just might be the time to shift Oher back to the left.
They could put Bobbie Williams at left guard with Marshal Yanda at right guard. Matt Birk starts at center with rookie Kelechi Osemele starting at right tackle. Thats where the team appeared to be at this week before McKinnie was suddenly heard from over the weekend.
Nobody knows exactly when McKinnies coming in or what will take place from there. It sure makes for good football dramastay tuned.

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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."