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Harbaugh will stick to promise of shifting lineups


Harbaugh will stick to promise of shifting lineups

A week ago, coach John Harbaugh made it clear there'll be adjustments made to the Ravens' lineup, particularly the offensive line, and Monday he confirmed he's sticking to it.

"It’s not like we’re going to switch everything around and make some huge moves. But, we’re always trying to look at the best batting order," Harbaugh said Monday after his team exits its bye week. "We’re always trying to look at the best lineup that we can put on the field at any particular time and getting as many good players involved as we possibly can."

The most changes have taken place on the offensive line, which has allowed 18 sacks of Joe Flacco which is five more than after seven games last season even though he actually passed 10 times more in 2011.

Ramon Harewood was the starting left guard until two weeks ago. He was replaced by veteran Bobbie Williams.

Left tackle Bryant McKinnie, who has had a hip flexor strain, recently said he expected to be in the starting lineup by the second half of the season.

Right tackle Kelechi Osemele is coming off an injured knee and ankle from a 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans.

Backup right guard/tackle Jah Reid has returned from a calf injury and appears finally ready to make his first appearance of the season.

"There are young guys on the offensive line that we want to look at. There are veteran guys that can help us in doing different things. I just think that football is kind of evolving into where you have to try to get as many players involved as you can," Harbaugh said. " So, without giving away too much, I can just tell you that the whole offensive line is not going to re-ordered on Wednesday. We’re not doing that."

The defensive line has had trouble with being pushed around. In the last three games, it has given up more than 200 yards rushing per game on average. Defensive end Pernell McPhee only has one-half sack after six last season.

The Ravens, however, are 2-1 in those games. Tackles Haloti Ngata and Ma'ake Kemoeatu have had knee injuries. Kemoeatu missed the Texans game.

They're expected to be able to play for Sunday's game at the Cleveland Browns.

"The whole defensive line is not going to be restructured either," Harbaugh said. "But there are some things that we think we can do in getting some guys involved and using them as we go and kind of taking advantage of all of our guys.”

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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.