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Ravens pull off stunning last-second win over Browns


Ravens pull off stunning last-second win over Browns

CLEVELAND – Five things we learned watching the Ravens’ improbable 33-27 victory over the Browns:

1. Ravens defensive end Brent Urban was a hero in his first NFL game.

Urban set up the game-winning play by blocking Travis Coons’ 51-yard field goal attempt on the final play of the game, with the score tied at 27.  Ravens safety Will Hill scooped up the loose ball and raced 64 yards down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown. Urban had missed the entire season with a triceps injury, and he missed all of his rookie season in 2014 with a knee injury. This was Urban’s first NFL game. He won’t soon forget it. 

2. Matt Schaub had good moments, but almost blew the game with two interceptions.

Interceptions cost Schaub his starting job with the Texans, and almost cost him the game tonight. He threw a pick-six in third quarter, and threw another interception late in the game that set up Coons’ potential game-winning kick.

This was a big step for Schaub (20 for 34, 232 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions) in his quest to prove he can still get the job done as an NFL starter. He made some good throws, but turnovers continued to plague him. With Joe Flacco (torn MCL, ACL) done for the season, it’s going to be an interesting ride for the Ravenns with Schaub as their starter.

3. Kaelin Clay’s 82-yard punt return TD has solidified his role with the team.

Clay was signed by the Ravens this month after Jeremy Ross was cut due to fumbling issues. The Ravens mainly wanted Clay to handle the football cleanly. But he has given them much more. After a booming 62-yard punt by the Browns’ Andy Lee in the first quarter, Clay found a hole on the return, turned on the speed, and went the distance. It gave the Ravens a 7-0 lead and a started them on a positive note.

4. The Ravens have won two straight for the first time all season.

Their next game is on the road Sunday against the struggling Dolphins. The Ravens (4-7) still believe they can avoid a losing season.

5. Buck Allen and Terrance West both looked good at running back.

Allen 52 yards and West (37 yards) were an effective one-two punch. West definitely played well enough to earn a role as Allen’s backup against the Dolphins.

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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.