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Inactives for Ravens-Steelers: Mallett to start, Allen to get a lot of carries


Inactives for Ravens-Steelers: Mallett to start, Allen to get a lot of carries

BALTIMORE -- Quarterback Jimmy Clausen has gone from starter to inactive, as the Ravens confirmed Ryan Mallett will be the starter against the Steelers on Sunday and Matt Schaub will be the backup. 

Mallett will be the fourth different starting quarterback for the Ravens this year, something that has never happened in the team's 20-year history. Mallett was signed earlier this month but was inactive last week in his first game with the Ravens. 

Clausen, who started the past two games for the Ravens, is a game-day inactive, along with receiver Marlon Brown, running back Terrence Magee, linebacker Albert McClellan, defensive backs Jumal Rolle and Jermaine Whitehead, and defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore. 

With Magee inactive, the Ravens appear ready to once again give rookie running back Buck Allen a large role; he was benched last game after his second fumble in as many weeks, but coach John Harbaugh had suggested that the benching would not carry over to this Sunday. 

Cornerback Jimmy Smith, who left last week's game with a thigh injury, was listed as probable and is active and expected to start, one positive sign for the undermanned Ravens against the Steelers potent passing attack.

For the Steelers, former Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones is inactive. He has essentially been benched because of fumbling problems. Also inactive is quarterback Mike Vick, who started against the Ravens in Week 4 with Ben Roethlisberger out with a knee injury. The Ravens won that contest, 23-20, in overtime.

The Steelers other inactives include receiver Sammie Coates, running back Jordan Todman, linebacker Anthony Chickillo, offensive tackle Byron Stingily and defensive end L.T. Walton.

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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.