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QB picture still fuzzy, Clausen prepared to start


QB picture still fuzzy, Clausen prepared to start

Quarterback Matt Schaub missed his third straight practice on Friday, increasing the likelihood that Jimmy Clausen will make his first start as a Raven against the Seahawks on Sunday.

Coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal about the quarterback situation after practice on Friday, although he said Schaub threw on his own on Thursday and “threw well.” 

“I don’t think it matters to the Seahawks,” Harbaugh said. “They don’t care. They’re going to play against our offense. That’s what they’re getting ready for. That’s not going to matter to them. 

“We really don’t know yet. … If (Schaub) can go, he will, and if it’s best for our team for Jimmy to go, then that’s the way we’ll do it.”

Schaub has not practiced all week after taking a pounding at Miami last Sunday. He is officially listed as having a chest injury. 

Clausen has been with the Ravens for just two weeks but worked with Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman with the Bears last year. Harbaugh said Clausen did well handling the reps with the starting offense this week. 

“Jimmy’s smart, he’s been in this basic system before, he knows how to handle himself, he’s played a lot of football, so he’s fine,” Harbaugh said.  

Clausen has been on a crash course getting to know the Ravens since being signed Nov. 24 after he was released by the Bears. He has spent extra time working with Ravens receivers and and tight ends, some of whom have been with the Ravens no longer than Clausen. 

“As a backup quarterback, you have to go into every single week preparing like a starter," Clausen said, "because one play could happen and you’re gonna have to get thrown in there, so you have to be ready to go.” 

Clausen, a six-year veteran, has made 12 career starts, including one with the Bears earlier this season. That was a 26-0 loss to the same Seahawks team the Ravens face on Sunday. He was 9-for-17 for 63 yards in that game.

“They fly around to the ball,” Clausen said, “They have great personnel, they get to the quarterback with the front four, play coverage behind it. They got playmakers everywhere.”

Schaub declined to speak with reporters on Friday as he left the locker room. If Schaub can’t play, the Ravens could activate Bryn Renner from the practice squad to be Clausen’s backup. Such a move would need to be made by 4 p.m. Saturday.  

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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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.