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Joe Flacco not advocating that Ravens change offensive coordinators

Joe Flacco not advocating that Ravens change offensive coordinators

OWINGS MILLS – Despite heavy speculation that Marty Mornhinweg will be replaced as Ravens offensive coordinator, quarterback Joe Flacco is suggesting a change isn't needed.  

“As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t really much uncertainty,” Flacco said Monday, as the Ravens quietly cleaned out their lockers. “I don’t really anticipate anything happening, but…I haven’t really been asked, there hasn’t been many conversations about it. But like I said, I don’t think there’s really much uncertainty about it.”

Flacco did say he thought the Ravens’ offense needed to become more explosive.

“We need to find some ways to shorten some of our drives and have bigger plays,” Flacco said. “You look around the league, a lot of teams out there are just making explosive plays. We need to add a bit more of that.”

Mornhinweg was placed in a tough position this season, taking over as offensive coordinator when Marc Trestman was fired after Week 5. The Ravens never established the offensive consistency they wanted, which was a major factor in their disappointing 8-8 finish.

Flacco said he planned on getting together with his wide receivers for throwing sessions during the offseason. With Steve Smith Sr. retiring, developing chemistry with young receivers like Breshad Perriman and Chris Moore will become even more imperative for Flacco.

“More guys are hanging out here (near Baltimore),” said Flacco. “We’ve got some young wide receivers. I think just giving them little bit of a schedule during the offseason, it can be a good thing.”

The finality of cleaning out his locker reinforced the disappointment of this season for Flacco.

“Every year is a grind, mentally, physically, everything about it,” Flacco said. “Honestly we’ve had one good year that’s felt good at the end of it, and that was 2012 into 2013 when we won the Super Bowl…It’s all or nothing in this league. At some point, you feel pretty crappy about how your year one. There’s one team at the end of the year that doesn’t.”

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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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