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notes , Hayden Hurst’s journey and more Offensive Line Continues to Shuffle - Ken McKusickIf Orlando Brown locks down the right tackle job, pushing James Hurst to left guard and Alex Lewis to center, Baltimore’s offensive line will average more than 315 pounds per man. Practice Report 7/31: Smokey Brown’s Hot Training Camp Continues - Garrett DowningJimmy Smith was in the midst of his best season before his Achilles began bothering him last year. With a $15.4 million cap hit, he is the team’s second highest paid player. Despite their tremendous depth at cornerback, the Ravens need the top cover man on the field as much as possible this season.NFL releases fact sheet on new helmet rule - Herbie TeopeThe “contact clearly avoidable and player delivering the blow had other options” portion seems particularly problematic. Even before this rule change, defenders were routinely penalized for hits that appeared to be clearly unavoidable.Rookie Hayden Hurst Has Come an ‘Incredibly’ Long Way. Now He Wants to Show It - Ryan MinkHayden Hurst has a prime opportunity to become an impact rookie for the Ravens. The multifaceted tight end is expected to be a starter in an offense and with a quarterback that features the position.Six storylines for Ravens-Dolphins The Baltimore Ravens will face the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 of the NFL preseason, and they may be missing several key starters. With only two preseason games remaining, Baltimore’s roster is beginning to take shape. 1. How much, if at all, will QB Joe Flacco play?Given the injuries to James Hurst and Ronnie Stanley, many have speculated whether or not starting quarterback Joe Flacco will play in their ‘dress rehearsal’ against the Dolphins. The Ravens will likely be without Marshal Yanda as well , which means that three projected starters along the offensive line will not play. Should Baltimore put Flacco at risk against Miami’s underrated pass-rush with a makeshift offensive line?2. Can any bubble wide receiver emerge?The Ravens’ wide receiver room has a clear pecking order from one to four, but it is up for grabs after that. Janarion Grant, Tim White, Jordan Lasley, Jaleel Scott, Breshad Perriman, DeVier Posey, and Andre Levrone are all competing for likely two roster spots.Scott and Lasley have struggled in all three preseason games with consistency and drops. They have failed to create separation and make plays. Lasley has had horrendous drops throughout the preseason, including one drop that would have been an easy touchdown. Scott’s red zone abilities have not translated well to this point.Perriman has had the best preseason out of all of these players, but he has not received a bump in playing time. His first snap in Week 2 of the preseason came late in the third quarter. Has Baltimore given up on their former first-round pick?3. Returner competitionThe returner competition is between Tim White and Janarion Grant, but neither player has emerged , which could result in the Ravens looking elsewhere for a returner. White and Grant each had a fumble against the Colts while returning a punt, which makes this roster battle wide open.4. Inside linebacker competitionThere are two inside linebacker competitions to monitor: the starting job alongside C.J. Mosley and the fourth spot. Patrick Onwuasor and Kenny Young are fighting for the starting weakside inside linebacker job, and it is still a tightly contested battle. Young has flashed throughout the preseason, while also displaying excellent instincts in run-defense. His coverage skills are among the best in the linebacker room, which is why Baltimore drafted him, but he must continue to showcase an ability to stop the run.Peanut is the opposite of Young; he struggles in coverage, but he is adept in run-defense. Peanut must display better instincts in coverage to win the starting job. With the third preseason game serving as a ‘dress rehearsal,’ each player will be given ample opportunities to win the job.Kamalei Correa and Albert McClellan are fighting for what could be one of the last spots on the roster. Correa had a dominant Hall of Fame Game, but since then he has been subpar. McClellan has not had an impressive preseason so far, and he is seemingly losing this position battle. However, his prowess on special teams could make him a priority over Correa. 5. Cornerback competitionWith the suspension of Jimmy Smith now official , the Ravens could be looking to keep an extra cornerback on the 53-man roster. Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Darious Williams are seemingly the two front-runners. Jean-Baptiste is coming off of an impressive performance against the Colts, but he did allow one big reception in that game. Williams has had an inconsistent preseason and could be destined for the practice squad. Neither player is guaranteed a spot and the Ravens could opt to only keep five cornerbacks on the 53-man roster until Jimmy Smith returns. 6. Fourth tight end spot up for grabsWith the new injury to Hayden Hurst, the Ravens will likely keep a fourth tight end on the roster. Hurst is considered to be out for three to four weeks, per Mike Garafolo. This will open the door for Darren Waller, Maxx Williams, and Vince Mayle. Waller is practice squad eligible, while Mayle has not made a significant impact on the offensive side of the ball, which could make Baltimore’s decision rather easy.

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