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Ravens hope Tucker keeps rolling


Ravens hope Tucker keeps rolling

The move to keep Justin Tucker over Billy Cundiff is looking better every minute, and coach John Harbaugh was very happy with how the rookie kicker fared Sundays loss to the Eagles.
Tucker made three long field goals kicks of 56, 51 and 48 yards that were crucial in helping the Ravens stay in front for much of the middle part of the game and nearly let them pull out the win.
But Harbaugh said now its time to look forward. The Ravens need to think about beating the New England Patriots next Sunday night in Baltimore in a nationally televised game.
Justin was great. He did a great job, but next week is a new week, so we will hold his feet to the fire, continue to do that, Harbaugh said. The thing I like about him is hes workmanlike. He really pays attention to detail, technique.
All of that work paid off Sunday. Tucker crushed a 56-yard field goal at the end of the first half that looked like it would have been good for 66 yards. His other long kicks were the same, good with plenty of room to spare.
A good kicker who can hit from long distance is gold in the NFL, especially with so many games being so close for good teams. Its a safe bet that the Ravens are going to need more of the same from Tucker in their other tough games this season.
He cant be expected to make every long kick, but Tuckers shown some real poise in his first few NFL games. He showed it throughout training camp, beating out an experienced veteran and keeps displaying that poise in his first two regular-season games.
Its never too big for him, so hes off to a good start, Harbaugh said. In this league, there are always challenges.

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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?