Hurst caught one of two targets for 21 yards in a 23-16 loss to the Steelers on Sunday. After catching his first career touchdown in garbage time the previous week, Hurst was outshined Sunday by fellow tight end Mark Andrews, who caught three of six targets for 50 yards. The two rookies are stuck in a timeshare alongside veteran blocking specialist Nick Boyle, with Andrews the preferred option on obvious passing downs. Hurst has caught just four of 10 targets through the first five games of his career as he enters a Week 10 bye.
Hurst caught two of three targets for 29 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 36-21 loss to Carolina. Hurst broke up the left seam in the closing moments of Sunday's game, connecting with fellow rookie Lamar Jackson. That marked a nice moment for Baltimore's two 2018 first-round pick -- but probably not predictive of short-term success. Any potential chemistry with Jackson is largely moot so long as Joe Flacco remains the starter and, prior to the touchdown grab, Hurst had just two catches for 10 yards on the season. Sunday's touchdown might make for a nice montage inclusion a decade from now if Jackson and Hurst someday form a dynamic duo, but don't read too much into it ahead of Sunday's matchup against a Steelers pass defense that has given up its fair share of yardage this season.
Hurst was unable to haul in either of his targets during Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Saints. Through three active games, Hurst has been able to catch just one of his five targets for seven yards -- not exactly what Baltimore was hoping for out of its first-round pick. The Ravens' tight-end room is crowded, and fellow rookie Mark Andrews and veteran Nick Boyle have apparently emerged as the primary contributors. Until that changes, Hurst shouldn't be on your radar -- even with a matchup against a so-so Panthers pass defense Sunday.
Hurst is turning in a strong week of practice and could have an increased role Sunday against the Titans, Clifton Brown of the team's official site reports. Offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg told reporters Thursday that he felt Hurst was "on the rise" after another strong practice. Morhinweg noted that Hurst spent much of last week knocking off the rust after a long time on the sidelines while recovering from a foot injury. Hurst debuted in Week 5 against the Browns but was lightly used, catching one of two targets for seven yards while playing just 21 snaps. Now that Hurst has game experience and another week of practice under his belt, he could start to emerge as a go-to pass catcher in a tight end group that sorely needs one.
Hurst made it through Sunday's 12-9 loss to the Browns without any setbacks, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Held out for the first four weeks of the season while recovering from foot surgery, Hurst finally made his NFL regular-season debut Sunday in Cleveland, catching one of his two targets for seven yards while playing just 24 percent of the snaps on offense. The Ravens had four tight ends fall between 24 and 45 percent in snap share, deploying a committee with Hurst, Nick Boyle, Mark Andrews and Maxx Williams. There's long-term potential for a three-down role, but Hurst will have a hard time breaking free of the committee as a rookie, given that Boyle, Andrews and Williams have all been solid contributors this season.
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