“It’s been awesome,” Hurst said on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Bruce Murray and Brady Quinn. “They both bring different things to the table. Joe has an extremely talented arm. He’s been doing it for years, Super Bowl MVP. And, of course, Lamar brings a whole different dynamic with his legs to the game. Both of those guys can throw it where they want it. They’ll put it up even when I’m not open and they trust me to go make a play. And that’s what I tell them I’m going to do: ‘If you’re ever in trouble, just put it up. I’m going to make a play for you guys.'”
Hurst is our No. 19 ranked tight end list. Rookie tight ends often need time to adjust to the NFL and don't make immediate fantasy impacts, but the position is such a big need for the Ravens that Hurst should get some chances to produce fantasy numbers. At this point, he's more of a late-round flier in deeper leagues.
According to an article in the Baltimore Sun, Ravens RB Alex Collins looks to be the team's No. 1 RB: "With Terrance West departing for the New Orleans Saints and Danny Woodhead retiring, Alex Collins, who ended last season ranked 11th in the league in rushing with 973 yards, no longer has to worry as much about sharing carries. He enters camp as the favorite to open the regular season as the No. 1 running back. But if Kenneth Dixon can prove that the health of his knee is not a problem, the 2016 fourth-round draft pick could challenge Collins atop the depth chart. Javorius Allen, who caught 46 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns last season, is a reliable target out of the backfield. Patrick Ricard’s versatility in playing fullback and defensive end is a strength."
Dixon was a hot fantasy commodity before getting suspended and then missing all of last year with an injury. In that time, Collins emerged as the team's top back and looks to be the favorite heading into camp with Dixon having some work to do to catch him. But as our own John Paulsen said: Collins averaged 5.60 YPC in the eight games before Baltimore’s Week 10 bye, and just 3.80 YPC after. His fantasy production was better after the bye (16.7 points per game versus 7.3 before the bye), but as his workload increased, his rushing efficiency dropped. Head coach John Harbaugh would not to commit to Collins as his starter heading into 2018, so this is a situation to monitor.
The Ravens see it as an opportunity for quarterback creativity.
Throughout the offseason, Baltimore has been putting Flacco and Jackson on the field at the same time. With Flacco playing quarterback, Jackson has lined up at multiple positions.
Head coach John Harbaugh said he's looking to see what putting two QBs on the field at the same time can do for the offense. The story said Jackson doesn't do drills at other positions, but it's expected Jackson will be active on game days and perhaps have certain packages.
Joe Flacco needs to make up for lost time. The Ravens forfeited two of their 10 voluntary offseason practices last week after breaking NFL rules. It's the third time since 2010 that the NFL has disciplined coach John Harbaugh and his team for an offseason violation.
As the story said, this impacts the chemistry-building of Flacco and Baltimore's revamped passing game the most. Among the 19 wide receivers and tight ends on the roster, 12 are in their first year with the Ravens, including Crabtree, Brown, and Snead. What helps is the Ravens starting training camp a week earlier than usual. Baltimore's first full-team practice is scheduled for July 19 because the Ravens play in the Hall of Fame game.
Joe Flacco has consistently found Michael Crabtree during the first two weeks of Baltimore Ravens offseason practices, whether it's over the middle, along the sideline or in the corner of the end zone.
The impressive part isn't the number of times Flacco has hit the Ravens' biggest free-agent addition. It's the effortlessness it takes for Flacco and Crabtree to connect, as if they were playing pitch and catch in the backyard.
Their chemistry appears to go beyond the six practices on the field.
The New Orleans Saints declined to match the two-year offer sheet Willie Snead signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Snead is now a member of the Baltimore Ravens' wide receiver corps. Adam Schefter also mentioned how the Ravens are now out of the Dez Bryant sweepstakes after showing "initial interest".
The Ravens are going to need name tags in the wide receiver room this summer. In addition to Snead, Baltimore has signed Michael Crabtree and John Brown, and have completely revamped its receiver corps. Prior to his suspension (DUI) in 2017, Snead was one of the best up-and-coming receivers in the league, producing a combined 141 receptions for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015 and 2016. But he was a non-factor after the suspension, garnering just 16 targets in 11 games for the Saints last year. He’ll likely vie for targets with Brown behind Crabtree, who should serve as the Ravens’ top target in the passing game.
Saints restricted free agent WR Willie Snead has signed a two-year offer sheet with the Baltimore Ravens worth $10.5 million. The Saints now have five days to match the offer or let Snead become a Raven.
After adding Cameron Meredith via the same offer sheet route, it's doubtful the Saints will match Baltimore's offer. If Snead does indeed become a Raven, he will join a Baltimore WR depth chart that includes Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Breshad Perriman, and Chris Moore.
In the 11 games he played last season, Snead was an afterthought in the Saints' offense, catching more than one pass in only one game. His best game came in Week 13, when he caught both of his targets for 31 yards. Temper your expectations when it comes to Snead in fantasy drafts this year.
In an unexpected move, the Baltimore Ravens announced the signing of former Washington and Cleveland quarterback Robert Griffin III. The last time Griffin played a meaningful snap of football was in Week 17 of the 2016 NFL season.
Griffin will likely slide into the No. 2 QB role on the team, ahead of the inexperienced Josh Woodrum. It will be hard for Griffin to see much playing time, if any, in Baltimore, as incumbent starter Joe Flacco has only missed six games in his 10-year career.
In 2QB or Superflex leagues, owners might want to keep tabs on Griffin, remembering his 2012 season in which he led all QBs in rushing yards (815), but that was a long time ago.
Watson had his best statistical season as a 34-year-old Saint in 2015, catching 74 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns. Now 37, Watson rejoins his old team and should offer sneaky value as long as he can stay healthy.
Wallace has spent the last two seasons in Baltimore, with his first being more productive—72 catches for 1,017 yards and four touchdowns. Last season he produced over 150 PPR points, finishing as the No. 38 scoring receiver in the format (WR23 the year prior). Factor in Zach Ertz, and it's hard to envision Wallace being targeted a ton in the Eagles' offense next season.
A day after adding tight end Eric Ebron to their offensive, the Colts are bringing in former Washington (and almost Raven) WR Ryan Grant on a one-year deal worth $5 million. If you will recall, Grant was set to sign a free agent deal worth almost $29 million with the Ravens, but it was voided due to a failed physical.
It's been a game of musical chairs at the wide receiver position by the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. First, the Raiders released Michael Crabtree and signed Jordy Nelson, then the Ravens signed Ryan Grant (only to void the deal because of a failed physical) and then they turned around and signed Michael Crabtree. The deal between Crabtree and the Ravens is for three years, worth $21 million, and includes $11 million in guarantees.
Crabtree has spent the last three seasons in Oakland, with the first two being his most productive. In 2015, he caught 85 passes for 922 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2016, he went for 89 catches, 1,003 yards, and eight touchdowns. This past season, however, he only caught 58 passes for 618 yards, but he still managed to score eight times. He will now become the No. 1 receiving option in Baltimore's offense.
Grant's deal was a headscratcher when it was first announced, and the Ravens have been linked to recently released Michael Crabtree. It's doubtful Grant will find a deal anywhere near as lucrative as the one he was going to sign with Baltimore.
In what might be the most surprising signing of the day, financially, the Baltimore Ravens are going to sign former Washington WR Ryan Grant to a four-year deal worth $29 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed. The team brought in John Brown earlier in the day.
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