Hayden Hurst’s rookie season never got off the ground after a Jones fracture in his foot sidelined him four games to start the season.
The Baltimore Ravens first-round tight conclusion compiled only 13 receptions for 163 yards and one touchdown as the foot injury set him back and nagged the whole campaign.
When the Ravens held Hurst from some OTAs because of a hamstring tweak offseason questions about strength persisted this spring.
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After rejecting the notion that he might be suspicious heading toward coaching camp," Hurst informed 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore on Wednesday he’s"good to go" once camp starts on July 24.
“Kind of felt it all last year, was never actually at 100 per cent," Hurst said. “Clearly, you sort of have the aches and pains of a screw being in your own foot. But I’m good to go now, all wholesome, do not believe it and feel 100 percent"
The 25-year-old second-year player said he gained 15 pounds of muscle this offseason, expecting to play in the 260-pound range rather than the 247 he had been at last season when he felt like he had been"getting pushed around a little bit."
Hurst said he considers the extra burden increase his production on the field but also will not just help him remain healthier.
“I just feel powerful. When I’m in and out of cuts and men are on me in the top of the paths, I am able to get breakup better," he told 105.7 The Fan. “Obviously I’m able to hold the point of attack better blocking and things, so that’s going to be enjoyable. I’m just excited. It’s likely to be a really good year."
There will be plenty of chances for Ravens tight ends to feast in 2019. Hurst may be a huge beneficiary of a TE-centric offense surrounding Lamar Jackson. He wants to stay healthy. Hurst insists he is.
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