For every rookie, there’s an adjustment to life in the NFL.
A year ago, the Baltimore Ravens made it clear they had big plans for former South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst, drafting him No. 25 overall. After becoming the No. 2 receiver for the Gamecocks, recording 44 catches for 559 yards and two touchdowns in 2017, Hurst had to adjust to a smaller role in Baltimore. Appearing in 12 games, Hurst logged just 13 catches on 23 targets for 163 yards and a touchdown. Hurst gives himself just a passing grade for his rookie season.
“For me, I think it was just average,” Hurst told Ben Breiner of The State while back in Columbia. “I give myself a C. I think I’m capable of a lot more. But the foot thing kind of held me back.”
Baltimore made a midseason change, replacing veteran QB Joe Flacco with former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. With Jackson, the Ravens throw less, but Hurst, now healthy, is excited for what’s in store for Year 2.
“I think everybody saw what our offense became with Lamar in there,” Hurst said.
More from Hurst on life in the NFL can be found in Breiner’s full article here.