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Five career milestones Ravens can reach this season


Five career milestones Ravens can reach this season

As the Ravens prepare for the second half of their season, here are five career milestones within reach:

1. John Harbaugh can become the Ravens’ all-time winningest coach.

Harbaugh has 74 regular-season victories, closing in on Brian Billick (80). The Ravens would love to see Harbaugh pass Billick because that would mean the Ravens going either 7-1 or 8-0 the rest of the way.

2. Elvis Dumervil can reach 100 career sacks.

It’s going to be tough for Dumervil, who has 92 ½ career sacks, but just 2 ½ this year. No player has been more significantly impacted by the loss of Terrell Suggs (torn Achilles) than Dumervil. Opponents are free to double-team Dumervil without fear of paying the price. The Ravens hope to devise more schemes in the second half that create one-on-one matchups for Dumervil. If he reaches 100 sacks this season, the Ravens’ pass rush will be a problem for quarterbacks.

3. Joe Flacco can have his first 4,000-yard season.

Flacco is on pace to break 4,000, with 2,176 passing yards. But this is a double-edged sword. Surpassing 4,000 yards for Flacco would means the Ravens’ passing attack didn’t disappear without Steve Smith (torn Achilles), who is done for the year. However, the Ravens are 4-6 the last 10 times Flacco has thrown for more than 300 yards. The Ravens need to throw the ball when they want to, not because they’re behind and have to throw.

4. Daryl Smith can surpass 100 tackles for the third consecutive year.

That’s something Smith has never done.  But with 76 tackles already, tied for third most in the NFL, Smith should race past 100 tackles if he stays healthy. Hard to believe Smith has never played in a Pro Bowl at inside linebacker, considering the 12-year career he has put together.

“It’s crazy,” said Dumervil. “He’s a remarkable player. I remember being in Denver watching him, and I was a fan of his at that time. He’s a great athlete, great teammate. He does a lot of special things for us. It is pretty sad that he doesn’t get more recognition.”

5. Justin Forsett can have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the first time.

Forsett (562 yards) is 10th in the league in rushing, and has 17 carries of at least 10 yards, tying Giovani Bernard of the Bengals for fifth-most in the league. At age 30, Forsett still has quickness and speed, and the offensive line wants to make sure Forsett gets his 1,000. He should if he stays healthy.

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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.