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No Monday night home games nothing new for Ravens


No Monday night home games nothing new for Ravens

It was a rarity for the Ravens to be at M&T Bank Stadium on a Monday night, even though it was just practice.

The Ravens have only had one Monday night home game the past eight years. Over the past 10 seasons, the Ravens have played an NFL-high 12 Monday night road games, while playing just three Monday night home games during that span. Their last Monday night game was in 2012 against the Bengals.

In 2015, the Ravens don’t have a home Monday night game – again. The Ravens have two Monday night games on the road – at Arizona (Week 7), and at Cleveland (Week 12).

Coach John Harbaugh was reminded of that after Monday night’s practice, and warmed to the subject.

“If you look at the numbers, Monday night is valuable,” Harbaugh said. “It’s hard to travel, it’s hard to come back the next week and play. You’re looking at a tough schedule. We have two Monday nights (on the road). “In the end, you have to go play when they tell you. And we’re going to go play, we’re going to show up. We’ll be there whether it’s 8:27 on Monday night or 1 o’clock on Sunday afternoon. We will be at every single game, I promise you that.”

It’s difficult to look at the Ravens’ 2015 schedule and not consider it particularly challenging. They open with two road games, at Denver and at Oakland. They play five of their first seven on the road. That is part of the reason why the Ravens decided to stay out West between Weeks 1 and 2, and between Weeks 6 and 7, when they play at San Francisco and Arizona respectively. The majority of players wanted to reduce the bi-coastal trips.

If the Ravens don’t dig a hole in September and October, they could reap huge benefits, playing six of their last nine games at home. But there will be no Monday night home games for the Ravens in 2015. That’s something they've grown accustomed to.

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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?