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Cam: "I really felt good" about play-calling


Cam: "I really felt good" about play-calling

Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Thursday defended the Ravens' oft-criticized play-calling in last Sunday's game against the Eagles, saying, "I really felt good about the calls that we made."

In the wake of the Ravens' 24-23 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday, Cameron bore the brunt of the criticism after Joe Flacco threw incompletions on third-and-2 and fourth-and-2 on the Ravens final drive rather than give the ball to running back Ray Rice in an attempt to get a first down.

Speaking at his weekly media session on Thursday, Cameron said that had the Ravens faced "a legit third-and-one, we probably would have run the football." And although according to the official NFL play-by-play the Ravens faced third-and-1 and then fourth-and-1 in that series, video review confirms Cameron's contention that it was more like "third-and-two-and-a-half in that situation."

Cameron said that facing a third-and-2, "I like the idea of our quarterback having the ball in his hands, five potential receivers, and then youve always got the ability for him to scramble and improvise."

On third down, Flacco threw an incompletion to tight end Dennis Pitta on the left sideline. Then on fourth down, he threw an incompletion in the right flat intended for Rice.

Cameron acknowledged that Flacco had been struggling with his accuracy throughout the second half -- he finished the half 8-for-25 -- but said "it wouldn't affect the call."

"I like our chances, and as you guys have seen with Joe Flacco, with his ability to get the ball to any of those other five. And will we do that all the time? No, but in critical situations you are going to see that a lot.

Overall in the game, the Ravens ran five offensive plays on third or fourth down needing 2 or fewer yards for the first down. They threw on all five of those plays, with Flacco going 1-for-5 with an interception. The only completion, to Rice, went for minus-5 yards.

But Cameron, like Flacco the day before, stood by the belief that the flaw was in the execution, not in the play calls.

"I think we had the opportunity," Cameron said. "As Joe Flacco said, We have to execute better."

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR 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 Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders 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 WR 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.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?