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Will Browns QB McCown beat the Ravens again?

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Will Browns QB McCown beat the Ravens again?

Josh McCown may have a problem getting respect in some places, but not from the Ravens.

The Browns’ journeyman quarterback has beaten the Ravens the last two times he has faced them. McCown torched the Ravens in Week 5 at M&T Bank Stadium, throwing for a franchise record 457 yards, while completing 36 of 51 passes during a 33-30 Browns victory. He also beat the Ravens in 2013, starting at quarterback for the Bears in place of an injured Jay Cutler.

McCown will try to do it again Monday night, when the Browns (2-8) host the Ravens (3-7).  A national TV audience would likely prefer to see Johnny Manziel playing quarterback for the Browns and Joe Flacco playing quarterback for the Ravens. However, Flacco is out with a season-ending knee injury, meaning Matt Schaub will start for the Ravens. Meanwhile, Manziel was demoted to third string after his latest off-the-field controversy involving his apparent weekend of partying.

Seeing Manziel get in trouble again was not the way McCown wanted to reclaim the starting job. But as a 36-year-old veteran playing for his ninth NFL team, McCown won’t be fazed by the situation.

“It’s unfortunate,” McCown said during a conference call. “You understand that you have a job to do, and the coaches make the decisions and tell you you’re playing, and you move forward accordingly. I’m in the room with that guy (Manziel) every day, and we’ve built a relationship. You don’t want anybody on my team to have to deal with circumstances like that.”

 McCown doesn’t have the strongest arm, but gets rid of the football quickly and accurately when given time to throw.

The Ravens also helped McCown in Week 5 by missing assignments in the secondary and leaving Browns receivers wide open. The Ravens believe their defense has improved since then. But they also know McCown is capable of beating them.

“He played really well against us the last game,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “We didn’t play very well in the back end, and we gave up way too many passing yards, too many big plays…He’s a guy that we have tons of respect for.”

And a guy the Ravens have been unable to beat.

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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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