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National media jumping off Ravens bandwagon


National media jumping off Ravens bandwagon

Here’s what some out-of-town media voices are saying about the Ravens after their dreadful 1-4 start. Remember when the Ravens were a trendy Super Bowl pick in August? Those days are over.

NBC’s Rodney Harrison, on Football Night in America:

“Without Terrell Suggs, they’re forced to blitz a lot and they can’t stop anybody. They leave their defensive backs in a lot of one-on-one situations, but are undisciplined in the back end. Also the missed tackles. It’s not just Terrell Suggs’ abscence.”

Former Redskins linebacker, and current NFL Network GameDay Live analyst LaVar Arrington:

“This is that moment when players are in the locker room, coaches are in their meeting rooms and they are taking a good look at themselves and it’s either a sign that we have to fight and try and climb back into this thing no matter what the end result might be at the end of the year. Or you see a tail off in the commitment as to how you play the game.”

NFL Network GameDay Live analyst Dave Dameshek:

“They are so obsessed with beating Pittsburgh that it gets in the way of their following games…They struggle, and so they did here and now their season is over.”


I disagree with those last comments by Damashek.  Actually, the Ravens won both games in 2014 the week after they faced the Steelers. And I still don’t think the Ravens are dead for a wild card spot. Not when there are 10 teams in the AFC with two wins or less.

However, it will probably take at least nine wins for the Ravens to grab a wild card spot, and they won’t come close to that unless their defense improves. As for the national media riding the Ravens’ bandwagon? Clearly, that train has seen derailed, and for good reason.

[RELATED: Ravens' top draft pick undergoes knee surgery]

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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?