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Ravens drop another close one to Miami: 5 things you need to know


Ravens drop another close one to Miami: 5 things you need to know

MIAMI GARDENS , Fla. - Five things we learned watching the Ravens lose to Dolphins, 15-13, Sunday at Sun Life Stadium:

1. The Ravens (4-8) were resilient again, but their comeback fell short. 

After two quick touchdowns gave the Dolphins a 15-0 lead late in the second quarter, the Ravens didn’t fold. They responded, scoring 13 unanswered points, and scaring a Dolphins team (5-7) that has blown leads before. However, Justin Tucker missed a 55-yard field goal attempt with just under three minutes to play that would have given the Ravens a one-point lead. The Ravens ran out of time, and the same could be said for their season.

2. Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub keeps throwing pick-sixes.

It’s hard to throw seven pick-sixes since 2013, but Schaub has done it. In this game, the pick-six happened in the second quarter, when Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby deflected a Schaub pass, caught it, and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown. That helped the Dolphins build a 15-0 lead late in the second quarter, before the Ravens rallied. Last week, the Ravens overcame a Schaub pick- six. In this game, they couldn’t. Schaub made some good throws and showed his toughness, taking big hits. But his latest pick-six really hurt.


3. The Ravens will have some gripes about the officiating.

A questionable pass interference call against Ravens wide receiver Daniel Brown nullified his 52-yard touchdown reception. The call looked weak. It appeared Dolphins cornerback Brice McCain simply fell down on the play. Had Brown’s touchdown stood, the Ravens would have taken a 7-0 lead, and the flow of the game would have changed. Ravens running back Buck Allen also appeared to have gotten a bad spot on a run near the goal line in the second quarter. The Dolphins held on that drive, again denying a chance for the Ravens to take the lead. Tough calls, tough loss.

4. Ravens rookie running back Buck Allen was impressive.

Allen had 170 yards of total offense – 107 yards receiving, 63 yards rushing, and a touchdown. Allen runs hard, he is shifty, and has good hands. He is a player who fits into the Ravens’ future plans, and who should only get better.

5. Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (113 yards) hurt the Ravens.

It’s not often the Ravens give up 100 yards to a back. Miller helped keep the Dolphins’ offense on the field, and was a key to their victory.

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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?