Ravens agree to terms with Jernigan, Taliaferro

Ravens agree to terms with Jernigan, Taliaferro
May 16, 2014, 8:30 pm
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The Ravens have agreed to contract terms with two more draft picks – second-round defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, and fourth-round running back Lorenzo Taliaferro.

Jernigan’s agent, Sunny Shah, confirmed Jernigan’s signing on Twitter. The team confirmed Taliaferro’s signing, first reported by the Baltimore Sun, which reported that Taliaferro had agreed to a four-year, $2.52 million deal.

That leaves the Ravens with just three of their nine draft picks unsigned - inside linebacker C. J. Mosley, third-round safety Terrence Brooks, and fourth-round defensive end Brent Urban.

Jernigan has a chance to be part of the defensive line rotation as a rookie, after helping Florida St. win a national championship. Projected by some to be a first-round pick, Jernigan said he has put falling into the second round behind him, and was looking ahead.

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“I’m definitely going to prove people wrong,” Jernigan said Friday after the Ravens’ first rookie minicamp practice. I’m moving forward with my life, and I’m just trying to be the best Raven I can be (and) the best teammate I can be.”

Taliaferro will be given a chance to show he deserves to be part of the running back rotation, with Ray Rice facing legal issues, and Bernard Pierce recovering from shoulder surgery. He was a productive back at Coastal Carolina, rushing for 1,729 yards and 29 touchdowns last season. 

At six-feet, 230 pounds, Talieferro was a tough inside runner in college who broke tackles regularly. He also has deceptive speed for a big back, running a 4.58 40-yard dash at the combine.Talieferro is also a willing participant on special teams, but he’s hoping to carve out a niche in the offense.