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QB pressure key to Ravens' victory


QB pressure key to Ravens' victory

One of the big keys to the defense Monday night, especially in the second half, was the pressure they were finally able to get on Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
That pressure helped the Ravens finish with four sacks and make some big plays on defense that paved the way for the 27-point second half and turned a close game into a 44-13 laugher
Haloti Ngata got two of the sacks as the Ravens did better in the second half. The Ravens found some good spots up the middle where they were able to get to or pressure Dalton throughout the game.
They also blitzed and either got to Dalton or forced him to throw in a way he wasnt comfortable with.
The Dalton pass that sailed over his receivers head and right to Ed Reed, which then turned into a touchdown return was one of those plays. Dalton said they had the right read, the right call and everything in place, but he just had someone right at his feet.
I think people think were going to have a tougher time without Terrell Suggs, but weve been working hard all training camp to create pressure and to get to the quarterback, Ngata said. We did a great job up the middle the pressure him inside, so it was a bit easier for our guys outside to get to the quarterback.
It also was easier in the second half to reach Dalton because since the Ravens were pulling away, the Bengals needed to shelve the running game. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Cincinnati had to be more one-dimensional in the second half, but he liked the fact that his team was able to at least get near Dalton and affect him throughout.
I dont know how many sacks we got, but we sure had pressure on him and made it a little bit tougher for him, Harbaugh said. Even when he got the ball quick, there was pressure in his face. Thats a credit to our defensive front.

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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.