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Jaguars steal one from Ravens: 5 things you need to know


Jaguars steal one from Ravens: 5 things you need to know

BALTIMORE – Five things we learned watching the Ravens’ shocking 22-0 loss to the Jaguars, 22-20.

- Stick a fork in the Ravens at 2-7.

This was a crushing defeat in every way. It should have been over on the last play from scrimmage, when Elvis Dumervil sacked Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. But Dumevil clearly grabbed Bortles ‘ facemask and was called for a 15-yard penalty. That moved Jason Myers into field goal range, and he made a 53-yarder to win it on the final play. The Jaguars’ sideline went wild. The Ravens were stunned. It has been that kind of season for the Ravens – one crushing defeat after another. But in many ways, this loss was the most crushing.

- It will be interesting to see how the Ravens react to this loss.

They have seven games left to play, and it’s going to be tough to keep a positive outlook. Linebacker Zachary Orr got significant playing time and you may see more young players get opportunities. The Ravens have to start thinking more about next year.

- The Ravens were hurt by turnovers.

Flacco threw two interceptions and Jeremy Ross muffed a punt. It looked like they were going to get away with those mistakes. Instead, those turnovers came back to haunt them.

- Kamar Aiken did well as Joe Flacco’s go-to wide receiver.

After dropping his first chance, Aiken (seven catches, 73 yards) had a strong game and was Flacco’s favorite target. It was a good sign for the Ravens that Aiken got open consistently. They will need more of that without Steve Smith, but Aiken continues to step up when called upon.

- The Ravens made some defensive adjustments that almost paid off.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb also played safety in some situations. Webb had a strong game, including an interception, and a blitz that forced Bortles to take a sack by Brandon Williams. Orr saw time and linebacker and made some nice plays, including a tipped pass that ended a fourth-quarter Jaguar drive. The Ravens gave up plays, but not the big plays that have crushed them many times. Look for more changes moving forward.

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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.

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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?