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Instant Analysis: 5 things to know about Ravens' loss to 49ers


Instant Analysis: 5 things to know about Ravens' loss to 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Five things we learned from watching the Ravens fall to the 49ers, 25-13 at Levi’s Stadium:

1. This game should convince you the Ravens are toast, if you didn’t think so already.

The Ravens are 1-5, injury-riddled, with a porous defense. Not opinion, just fact. And their relentless early-season schedule does not let up, with a Monday night road trip to Arizona next. The 49ers (2-4) are the kind of team you get well against. Instead, the Ravens can’t feel much worse.

2.  The Ravens’ secondary remains a mess.

Safety Kendrick Lewis suffered an unfortunate knee injury that looked bad. Neither cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh) not safety Terrence Brooks (thumb) dressed for this game. Give any quarterback time against this secondary, and he will make plays. Colin Kaepernick did it today.


3. Shareece Wright had a nightmare debut at cornerback for Ravens

After being released by the 49ers, Wright was burned by the 49ers today. Torrey Smith smoked  Wright for a 76-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, leaving Wright by five yards on a stop-and –go move. Then in the fourth quarter, Wright fell down in coverage, leaving Quinton Patton wide open for a 21-yard touchdown catch. Adding Wright was just another move that worked out wrong for the Ravens.

4. Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith will be celebrating tonight.

The former Ravens’ wide receivers both left this game smiling. Smith (three catches, 96 yards) showed the kind of speed at wide receiver that the Ravens sorely miss. Boldin (five catches, 102 yards) outmuscled and outmaneuvered the Ravens’ secondary.

5. Joe Flacco did not play well in a big spot

The Ravens’ quarterback threw two interceptions on terrible decisions. Flacco’s numbers did not look that bad on paper (33-52, 343 yards, two touchdowns). But the two picks were costly, and for the ninth straight time, the Ravens lost when Flacco attempted 40 passes or more.

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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.