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O-line's flexibility helps Ravens


O-line's flexibility helps Ravens

The Ravens rolled the dice a little in the season opener against the Bengals by starting Ramon Harewood and Kelechi Osemele at the two guard spots left and right, respectively. That move was a bit of a surprise since Osemeles a rookie and Harewoods spent 2010 and 2011 on injured reserve.
But it also shows the Ravens and their coaches have options when it comes to filling spots on that line. They can do different things at different times, and the Ravens now are getting the kind of depth that coach John Harbaugh and the team like in an area.
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron talked about this with the media earlier this week. Coaches need to fill holes at times, because of injuries, poor play or anything else.
But now the Ravens are starting to find theyll be able to do that in a better way on the offensive line.
For us, it is about having an answer if a center goes down, having an answer if a guard goes down, and having an answer if a tackle goes down, Cameron said. And then at the same time, thats what you utilize linemen for first, eight of them, and then if theres an opportunity to get them in the game, like you saw Bryant McKinnie come in the other night on that touchdown, then well do that.
Cameron said it changes each week, depending on what the team needs. Thats probably why they felt going with the two linemen that hadnt ever played an NFL game wasnt that big of a risk.
He also said the team will decide whos active or even how many linemen theyll use each week. Everything changes with each game.
However, the Ravens now can fill the needs in a better way. That's why being versatile is so important.
Sometimes you have eight linemen, sometimes you have seven, sometimes you have three tight ends, and sometimes you have two, Cameron said. The good news is we have flexibilitytackles that can play guard, guards that can play center, and thats the most important thing.

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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?