Carolina Panthers

Baltimore Ravens to start rookie OT James Hurst, a former UNC star

Former North Carolina standout James Hurst will get his first NFL start Sunday for the Baltimore Ravens against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday as he takes over at left tackle for the injured Eugene Monroe.

Hurst, an undrafted rookie, found out he’d get the start on Wednesday after Monroe injured his knee last week. He’ll likely be going against Carolina defensive ends Wes Horton and Mario Addison.

There’s not much tape on Hurst other than the preseason, but that’s what the Panthers’ coaches will focus on this week.

“We’ve got a lot of college tape on a lot of players and he’d be a guy you could easily go back and look at but we’re looking at what he’s done in the preseason and get an understanding of who he is,” Rivera said. “That’s probably the biggest thing you can do more so because it’s about what he does in their system and how he handles their system.”

Hurst went undrafted out of Carolina after breaking his leg in the Belk Bowl in December. He decided to go to Baltimore because of the coaching staff.

“They have a great reputation for developing guys, and I was undrafted, and I wanted a chance to make it in the NFL,” Hurst said Wednesday. “I felt this was the best spot for that.”