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Is this Arthur Brown's last chance with the Ravens?


Is this Arthur Brown's last chance with the Ravens?

In the 2013 draft, the Ravens traded up six spots in the second round to grab Arthur Brown out of Kansas State. But the inside linebacker has done little to justify that move, and certainly -- thus far, at least -- must rank as one of the Ravens biggest disappointments of the past few years.

Once viewed as a future cog in the middle of the Ravens post-Ray Lewis defense, Brown has been sliding backward  on the depth chart. He appeared in 14 games as a rookie in 2012, but last season he did not play a single defensive snap, appearing in four games in limited special teams duty.

As Brown worked through the Ravens OTAs this month, it's fair to wonder: Is this his last chance?

Publicly, the Ravens are saying all the right things about Brown, who frequently worked with the starters in OTAs with Daryl Smith sitting out most of the workouts and C.J. Mosley recovering from a wrist injury. Considered slightly undersized, Brown is listed at 6-0 and 235 pounds but reportedly has added 5 to 10 pounds.

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees on Monday said that Brown was having "an outstanding camp. I think he’s getting around, knowing what we really want to do on defense. It’s his third time or so around of knowing the defense and knowing the calls, and I’ve seen a tremendous improvement.”

But like Matt Elam -- picked in the first round of that same 2013 draft -- the Ravens have publicly put Brown on notice.

“Arthur Brown is another young man who, at this point of his career, needs to find a way to get to the field,” general manager Ozzie Newsome told season-ticket holders on a conference call earlier this spring.

The best route is probably on special teams, as Smith and Mosley would seem to have the starting jobs nailed down. (And the fact that the Ravens drafted Mosley in the first round, one year after selecting Brown, seemed ominous for Brown.)

Last season, Brown essentially lost out on special teams work to undrafted rookie Zach Orr. Orr and Albert McClellan, a special teams standout, became the regular backups at inside linebacker, with Brown on the outside looking in.

Pees, an NFL coach for 12 years, has said in that past that he seen plenty of examples of players who blossomed two or three years into their careers. The Ravens must hope that's the case with Brown.

Entering his third season, it could be now or never for him.

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.