Late for Work 7/12: Key Takeaways From Conversation Surrounding Ravens Rookies, Plus Can’t-Miss Social Media

We are officially inside the 60-day countdown to the start of the 2018 NFL season. Gridiron Thursdays and Sundays are right around the corner.

Ravens rookies reported to their first day of training camp on Wednesday in Owings Mills, Md.

You might be wondering, ‘Why so damn early?’ Well, the Ravens are scheduled to make their first-ever appearance in next month’s Hall of Fame Game against the Chicago Bears, allowing the team to require players to show up nearly two weeks early.

With so much hype surrounding several of John Harbaugh’s first-year guys, here are key takeaways from conversation surrounding Ravens rookies this week:

Lamar Jackson

We begin with chatter continuing to build around what Lamar Jackson’s role will serve come September. The No. 32 overall pick has some people in Baltimore buzzing about the versatility his skill set could bring to Marty Mornhinweg’s offense. Jerry Coleman of 105.7 The Fan weighed in.


Hayden Hurst 

Hayden Hurst is receiving all kinds of love from Madden 19. The No. 25 pick and former standout baseball player is among the top rookies to come out of the SEC, according to the popular video game set to be released next month.

The 24-year-old had all the right things to say about Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson in his interview with SB Nation’s Baltimore Beatdown. 

“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,” said Hurst.

Jordan Lasley 

Jordan Lasley is out to prove his doubters wrong. Don’t underestimate the degree of difficulty that comes with doing high-intensity agility exercises…in the sand. Be on the lookout for the 21-year-old former UCLA Bruin in Joe Flacco’s open field.

Hayden Hurst & Mark Andrews 

Baltimore Beatdown’s Evan Mazza suggests that the combination of Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews draws light comparisons to 2010 rookies for the New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

“While Baltimore does not have the same offensive pedigree as the Patriots, like Gronkowski and Hernandez, Hurst and Andrews are likely to be targeted significantly as rookies,” said Mazza.

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Social Media Rewind:

Rookies Arrive 


Michael Pierce


Defensive tackle Michael Pierce gives Twitter a glimpse of his offseason training regiment.


Robert Griffin III 


??? @wester_barber got ya boy right

A post shared by Robert Griffin III (@rgiii) on

RGIII posted a photo of his new hairdo on Instagram. High and tight.


Jermaine Eluemunor


This year’s World Cup from Russia has engaged millions of soccer fans across the world. Cue Ravens guard Jermaine Eluemunor and his Twitter takeover Wednesday.

Here we find Jermaine setting the scene, letting his followers know where his loyalty lies.

Searching flights mid-match. Never a good idea. High risk, high reward.

Judging by his use of exclamation points, the stakes are high.

Sharing his feelings early and often. Has to be feeling some type of way, you would imagine.

Potential future analyst? Situational soccer knowledge on display.

Confidence is building. Danger zone. You know where this is going.

Crunch time kicks in.


Always an easy target. The people with the whistles.

‘Tf’ stands for ‘Too Far’. Right?

Setting up future plans. Smart man.

The loss has sunk in. So, now what? Start recruiting.

Insightful stuff here. Athletes are human!

How about this for the ultimate turnaround? He finds a way to spin it back to the ultimate prize: the Lombardi Trophy. Genius. Well done, Jermaine. Your winner of today’s Social Media Rewind.

See you soon, Ravens fans. Holler at me here.