James Hurst Is Working to Fend Off an Addition, and He’s Winning – Baltimroe Ravens News

James Hurst Is Working to Fend Off an Addition, and He’s Winning – Baltimroe Ravens News

It hadn’t started raining yet, but James Hurst came off the practice field Friday drenched.

“Don’t shake my hand; I’m soaked,” he said. “And it’s not water.”

Hurst has been thrown into the fire this summer as the Ravens try to gauge whether he’s ready to be their starting right tackle. So far, the answer is yes.

Ever since the Ravens lost Rick Wagner to the Detroit Lions in free agency, there has been media and fan chatter about signing or drafting a replacement. A few rounds of free agency and the draft have passed without any offensive line additions.

Meanwhile, Hurst has taken every rep with the first-team offense through Organized Team Activities, minicamp and now at the start of training camp. And he intends to keep it that way.

“If they bring someone in at your position, the assumption is I didn’t get the job done,” Hurst said Friday.

“Obviously, they can make moves any day, any time. It’s pretty unpredictable, and they’re just trying to put the best players out there too. I just want it to be me, and hopefully they want the same thing.”

Hurst said he doesn’t spend any time thinking about that possibility, as he shouldn’t. All he is focused on is his preparation and how he performs on the practice field.

Hurst has received good feedback from his coaches, as they have gained confidence in his ability to be a full-time starter following three years as a backup.

“James Hurst has had a very good camp,” Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said during minicamp. “He’s going to be a consistent player. I’m comfortable with him.”

“He is very coachable, he is accountable, he tries to do it exactly like we ask him to do, and he is…

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