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Ravens finish plays and drives --and Jags


Ravens finish plays and drives --and Jags

Finishing drives and plays better was something the Ravens talked about after last weeks loss to the Lions. And it was something they did much better Thursday night a big reason the Ravens turned this game into a rout.
The Ravens still got two field goals, but they also scored six touchdowns in a 48-17 laugher against Jacksonville in the third pre-season game for both teams. There wasnt much frustration for the offense on this night as they finished with 571 total yards and drove the ball up and down the field throughout the contest.
I think we did a good job overall, said quarterback Joe Flacco. There was still one drive early where I wish we would have put the ball in. I think we had a couple of opportunities where we just didnt get it done and ended up settling for a field goal. But, other than that, I think we did a good job.
The Ravens drove inside the Jacksonville 20-yard line five times and came away with four touchdowns plus a field goal. Those touchdowns were short scoring passes of eight and five yards from Flacco to Vonta Leach and Anquan Boldin along with Tyrod Taylors 8-yard TD pass to LaQuan Williams.
But they enabled the offense to finish drives, something that good teams need to do on a regular basis when getting the ball deep into opposing territory.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh also talked about how happy he was that his team finished things in general, like plays. Its a big reason the Ravens gained so much yardage and made so many things happen.
The thing we did was we finished things, Harbaugh said. OK, we finished things this game. Thats one thing weve been striving for. Its kind of been something important to us in practice, when youre fighting to accomplish that every single day. We finished catches. We finished runs. We finished blocks. We finished drives, for the most part.
Finishing the plays and drives helped the Ravens finish off the Jaguars without much trouble and turn in their best performance of the pre-season.

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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.