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Eagles blow out Ravens in preseason: 5 things to know


Eagles blow out Ravens in preseason: 5 things to know

PHILADELPHIA – After a long Saturday night, expect a long week of practice upcoming for the Ravens. They were badly outplayed in Philadelphia, losing 40-17 to the Eagles and suffering a number of injuries. Now 1-1 in the preseason, the Ravens trailed, 30-0, and know they have plenty to fix after this ego check. Here are five takeaways:

1. The Ravens’ offensive line has injury issues.

A patchwork offensive line contributed to this poor performance. Starting left tackle Eugene Monroe was sitting on the bench with his right hand and lower arm wrapped, according to Brent Harris of CSN. Backup tackle James Hurst left the game to be evaluated for a concussion. Backup offensive lineman De’Ondre Wesley had to be helped off the field, limping with a leg injury. Starting left guard Kelechi Osemele has missed some practices with an Achilles issue. And the Ravens have two starting offensive linemen returning from offseason surgery – center Jeremy Zuttah (hip) and right tackle Rick Wagner (foot).  The Ravens believe the offensive line will be one of their strength. But it needs to get healthier before Week 1.

2. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs had an unusually bad night.

Suggs was whistled for three penalties in the opening drive, although the Eagles declined two of them. His most costly and controversial penalty was a hit around the knee level of Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford after he had handed off. Suggs was called for roughing the passer, and it was part of a rough night for the Ravens’ starting defensive unit. The Eagles’ receivers were consistently open, and the Ravens’ starting front seven was gashed for two touchdown runs. Even in the preseason, the Ravens’ defense needs to be better than this.


3.  Let’s not leave out special teams when listing problems. 

Eagles running back Kenjon Barner returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was a good runback, but it was also bad coverage. That’s another thing the Ravens want to clean up prior to Week 1.

4.  Far too many penalties for the Ravens, 17 for 149 yards. 

This was a bad performance, and also a sloppy one. Ravens coach John Harbaugh will have plenty of ammunition when turning on this film.  

5. The Ravens were so bad, hardly anyone stood out in a positive way.  

Quarterback Joe Flacco threw poorly and was intercepted twice, and the offense wasn’t on the field consistently, making it hard to establish a rhythm. Running backs Justin Forsett and Terrence Magee ran well, third-string quarterback Bryn Renner was solid again, and rookie wide receivers Darren Waller and Daniel Brown had touchdown catches. However, the Ravens’ standouts were few. 

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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.