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Impressions from the first day of Ravens training camp


Impressions from the first day of Ravens training camp

Rookie wide receiver Breshad Perriman was impressive before he left practice early after falling on his knee. John Harbaugh said the injury was not serious and that Perriman might practice Friday. Yes, Perriman had a drop early in practice, but he bounced back with several tough catches. That’s what Perriman needs to do – keep running routes aggressively, and overcome mistakes. If Perriman does those things, he’ll make plays. Perriman’s speed is legit, and he uses his body well to shield defenders when catching the ball.

Another positive sign was seeing right tackle Rick Wagner (foot) and center Jeremy Zuttah (hip) on the field. This is the first time in years that the Ravens’ starting offensive line has returned intact. It has the potential to be one of their best lines ever, led by right guard Marshal Yanda, who some are calling the best offensive lineman in the NFL.

The competition at cornerback will be interesting. Cassius Vaughn made a nice play, tipping a pass that led to an interception. The Ravens may have found an unexpected playmaker in free agent corner Quinton Pointer, who does not look intimidated covering anyone. And Harbaugh keeps referring to cornerback Rashaan Melvin as a “pit bull”.  That’s a good thing in Harbaugh speak. With cornerback Lardarius Webb missing practice after failing his conditioning test, Pointer and Melvin took advantage.

You’ve heard this before, but Steve Smith looked good. He’s 36, still moves like he’s 26, practices with enthusiasm like he’s 16.

Quote of the day: Asked which teammate he would least like to fight in an alley, Yanda said, “Probably Steve Smith. You would think that you’d probably hit that guy 100 times, and he’d just keep on coming.”

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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?