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Cameron: Offense can't be rattled by hostile crowds


Cameron: Offense can't be rattled by hostile crowds

The road hasn't been been kind to the no-huddle offense, and the doubt will persist until the Ravens, who average just 15 points per game away from home, prove they can handle it.

"What's to be sick about?" coach John Harbaugh said when asked if he was fed up with the questions about it. "We've got to play better on the road. We know that. We're going to hear about it until we do better.

"So it doesn't matter if we're sick of it or not. We just have to do better."

Baltimore is 1-2 on the road this season and has been dreadful since the second half of a Week 2 road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

In that game, the Ravens scored just six points in the final two quarters, failed to score a touchdown in a 9-6 win at the Kansas City Chiefs and scored one touchdown, long after victory was out of reach, in a 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans two weeks ago.

Ever since the first play from scrimmage in the season opener vs. the Cincinnati Bengals when Joe Flacco hit receiver Torrey Smith for a season-long 52-yard pass, the offense hasn't been as good outside of Baltimore.

Of the Ravens' 34 gains of 20 yards or more this season, only six have come on the road by the pass.

Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has had a full week during the bye to diagnosis Baltimore's breakdowns.

"We know what this offense can be. We know what we want it to look like. We know what it feels like when it’s being executed, because we see it in M and T (Bank) Stadium. Now, the bottom line is you have to take it and carry it out on the road," Cameron said. " "We know it’s not weather, because we’ve had great weather on the road."

But when Flacco has to audible, Cameron doesn't see the same team when the opposing crowd ramps up the noise.

"Some things surface there, because I think it’s common knowledge all the leeway that Joe has at the line of scrimmage now. Everybody knows the options that he has," Cameron said. "The one thing that we’re not as good at on the road as we are at home is being on the same page. It might be any combination -- it could be in the passing game, it could be in protection, it could be in the run game.

"So, we’re looking at everything from a communication standpoint, how we can make sure, on the road, that we’re on the same page. Does that mean we aren’t going to audible? Not at all. That’s a huge part of what we do."

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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.

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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?