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Give Mrs. Flacco a helmet


Give Mrs. Flacco a helmet

We dont know how good Justin Tucker can be kicking under pressure in an NFL game, but we now know this: His kicking can give us the oddest, most-certain-to-be-repeated anecdote of the preseason.

One of Tuckers kicks hit Joe Flaccos wife in the head, baltimoreravens.com reports.

On family day at practice, Dana Flacco and baby Stephen were leaving the field and walking behind the goalposts that Tucker was aiming it. Tucker obviously didnt see them, and his boot struck the quarterbacks wife. The kicker was apologetic, but shes fine, and so is the baby.

However, the team website says, Flacco jokingly said he was going to call general manager Ozzie Newsome about Tucker.

Holdout wide receiver Mike Wallace will be in Steelers camp before long, according to the personal trainer hes working with in Florida.

It has got to be pretty soon, conditioning coach Tom Shaw told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

And whenever it is, Shaw said Wallace will be ready.

Hes fast as lightning right now, Shaw said. Hes not going to put himself in a bad situation as far as conditioning so that he couldnt play in the first game.

Browns cornerback Joe Haden reportedly has tested positive for the attention-deficit-disorder drug Adderall and could be suspended for the first four games of the season. Pro Football Talk said Haden took the drug during an off-season visit to Las Vegas as a pick-me-up and then happened to be unfortunate enough to get a random drug test at a time when the Adderall was still in his system.

However, PFTs Mike Florio does pose a compelling question about whether such a positive drug test deserves punishment:

The deeper question is whether off-season use of Adderall or any other stimulant should be prohibited. It cant enhance performance if theres no performance to enhance, and its not the kind of substance that helps a player artificially build muscle mass in anticipation of future performance.

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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?