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Ravens injuries also affect practice on defense


Ravens injuries also affect practice on defense

The injuries on defense have hurt the Ravens in a number of ways on the field on game days. But defensive coordinator Dean Pees talked earlier this week about how they bother his group in other ways.

"A part of the problem too, a little bit, is sometimes with injuries is that everybody doesn't practice all week," Pees said when talking with the media on Thursday. "You kind of forget that sometimes, because all you really see is Sundays."

So far, only six of 11 players have started every game on defense this season. That tells how much injuries have held players back. But it also shows what Pees was talking about in terms of how it can affect the defense in practice.

"When you’re trying to get a unit together and you’re trying to get everybody in the same spot, you tell a guy, ‘Going into this week, we are going to play you at this spot." Pees said. "Here’s what we want you to do. Here’s what we want you to hone on. This is what we really want you to study.’ So, then you go out to practice and somebody is missing from another spot, and you have to take that guy and move him over to that spot, and you just got done telling him in the meeting, ‘I want you to think about this,’ and now he’s going out and practicing this, but in the game then he’s going to go back and play the other."

That shows the way players are being moved around a lot during the week-- something that can affect how well they get to know a position or what the coaches expect them to do.

Pees made a good point about how those problems have the team moving players to different spots during the week, shifting them around in a way that coaches probably aren't thrilled with. That's one of the other problems getting so many injuries has caused, something people don't always realize.

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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.

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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?