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Pees makes point to players at halftime - loudly

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees yelled at the defensive unit during halftime of Sunday’s victory over the Chargers. The Ravens (2-6) have struggled to hold leads, and have given up too many big plays. Pees did not want to see that again in the second half, so he let his players know – loudly.

“Our defensive coordinator came down at halftime and was basically like, `We have got nothing to lose,”’ said cornerback Jimmy Smith. ‘“So I’m going to go out there and call it, and you guys play it.’ We rallied around each other defensively on the sideline, and we knew we had to make plays.”

Trailing 16-13 at halftime, the Ravens gave up just 10 second-half points and defeated the Chargers, 29-26.

Asked if Pees had a different demeanor than normal on Sunday, Smith said, “I wouldn’t say he was different. He just came down with a lot of energy and basically (put) everything out on the table…He challenges us every week, but this time he came down yelling.”

Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil was amused when told of Smith’s comments.

“He (Pees) always gets on us at halftime, maybe Jimmy was just paying attention this time,” Dumervil said.

Pees had already called out Smith a few days earlier, saying the cornerback had been playing “tentative.”

Then before Sunday’s game, former Ravens great Ray Lewis gave an impassioned pre-game speech to the team, imploring quarterback Joe Flacco to lead, and for his teammates to follow.

There was no shortage of emotion in the locker room Sunday, and it translated into a Ravens’ win. Smith hoped the Ravens’ defense would build on that emotion after their bye.

“We’ve got eight more games to prove what our defense can do,” Smith said. “We’re up for the challenge.”


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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?