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Ravens report card: Offense


Ravens report card: Offense

It's time to hand out the report cards following the Ravens' 28-24 loss to Cincinnati. And nearing the one-quarter point of the season, the grades just don't seem to be improving. The report card:


Joe Flacco put up decent numbers -- 32-of-49 for 362 yards and two touchdowns -- but they don't want him throwing 49 times. And his one interception was a terrible back-foot floater that Pacman Jones easily stepped in front of, setting up a Bengals touchdown. Flacco admitted that he never saw Jones before the throw. "Just bad vision," he said. In fairness to Flacco, he continues to be hamstrung by the lack of playmakers. There's only so much he can do when receivers can't get open. Plus, tight end Crockett Gillmore was sidelined by an apparent injury for much of the second half.


The ineffectiveness of the Ravens run game remains one of the major disappointments of the season. With Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro and all five starting linemen expected back this year, this was supposed to be a strength. But the Ravens again were abysmal running the ball. Forsett carried 10 times for 13 yards and never gained more than 5. Taliaferro totaled 0 yards on three carries. Short-yardage running has been terrible. Rookie Buck Allen had a 9-yard run, the longest of the day. The Ravens totaled 1 yard on five second-half carries.



Protection for Flacco was decent and he wasn't sacked at all. But the Ravens couldn't handle Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap up front against the run, which is why the Ravens averaged 2.0 yards a carry. A face mask by Kelechi Osemele wiped out a fourth-down conversion on the Ravens final drive, and center Jeremy Zuttah was called for three penalties. James Hurst, starting in place of injured Eugene Monroe again at left tackle, received a grade of -11.2 from Pro Football Focus, the lowest grade given to any tackle this season.


Crockett Gillmore had some of the few offensive highlights in the first half, with three catches for 40 yards. But he hardly played in the second half, and coach John Harbaugh offered no insight after the game, saying only, "You'll get an injury report later." That left Maxx Williams (3 catches, 44 yards) as the No. 1 tight end. Williams couldn't haul in the Ravens final pass play, just coming up short on a diving try. Rookie Nick Boyle also had a pair of catches and hurdled a tackler en route to a 13-yard gain.


Once again, Steve Smith receives an 'A,' and the rest of the receivers earn something between a low grade and an 'incomplete.' Smith remains the Ravens lone playmaker, and he was remarkable again on Sunday, tying the franchise record with 13 catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns. His 50-yard, tackle-breaking touchdown on fourth-and-5 illustrated just how much effort he gives on every play. But once again, most of the receiver corps vanished for large stretches of the game, a recurring theme. No. 2 receiver Kamar Aiken had zero catches. Marlon Brown had a nice 21-yard catch to the sideline, but this group consistently fails to get separation. Flacco wants to take shots deep, as he did with Aiken at one point, but the receivers don't have the speed to outrun defenders.

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead


Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent.

Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints had five days to match the deal. Snead indicated Monday on Twitter that he's headed out of New Orleans.

Snead tweeted: "What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room & the coaches."

He added: "Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to strap it on as a Baltimore Raven."

Hampered by a three-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Snead was limited to eight catches for 92 yards last year.

In 2015, he had 69 receptions for 984 yards. He caught 72 passes for 895 yards in 2016.


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2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 6.0: The final countdown

2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 6.0: The final countdown

After months and months of talk and a lot of predictions, the 2018 NFL Draft is finally here.

On Thursday, Ozzie Newsome and Co. will enter the draft room prepared for battle. A lot of questions await them and most of them can not be answered until the ten minutes leading up to their pick. 

Even with the additions of Michael CrabtreeJohn Brown and Willie Snead, will the Ravens continue to add to their wide receiver corps? 

Will they trade down and scoop up a tight end or will they address the offensive line and snag Mike McGlinchey? 

All of our questions will be answered in no time, but for now, sit back and enjoy the wild ride that is the first-round of the NFL Draft. 

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— Mike McGlinchey (OL)

With the exit of Ryan Jensen, the Ravens are now in need of an offensive lineman. 

At the combine, McGlinchey put up 24 reps on the bench press, had a 28.5 inch vertical and a 105 inch broad jump. 

"The offense lacks playmakers which is why wide receivers Calvin Ridley and D.J. Moore work," Standing says. "Right tackle also in play. McGlinchey seems to have moved ahead of the other tackle prospects."

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— Calvin Ridley (WR)

Ridley is one of the few wideouts in this draft projected to go in the first-round. While his combine performance didn't help his stock, running a 4.43 40-yard dash, recording a 31-inch vertical, a 110-inch broad jump and a 6.88-second 3-cone drill, many are still predicting he lands with the Ravens or somewhere in the first-round. 

"Ridley underwhelmed at the combine, but his college tape shows a player who’s nearly uncoverable," Kiper says. "I’m going to trust the tape in this case and still make him my top-ranked wideout (Maryland’s D.J. Moore is not far behind). Baltimore could also target an offensive tackle at pick No. 16."

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— Hayden Hurst (TE) 

The Ravens haven't addressed their need at tight end in free agency and the reason could be because they're holding out for the draft. 

QB Joe Flacco has a tendency to favor Ravens tight ends and Hayden Hurst out of South Carolina is being considered by many the top TE in this draft. 

The ex-minor league baseball pitcher, who walked on at South Carolina at 21-years old, is being compared to Dallas Clark. "His fearless play demeanor combined with size, strength and athleticism make him a well-rounded prospect with the versatility to line up all over the field," according to his draft profile

Jeremiah, who once was a scout for the Ravens, predicts they will be looking to draft back for Hurst.

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— Lamar Jackson (QB) 

It was reported last week that Jackson would be making a visit to the Ravens' facility during the final week of pre-draft visits, and with Joe Flacco nearing the end of his contract, now could be the time to find his successor. Jackson provides support on the ground and in the air, but scouts are concerned about his accuarcy. 

"With Joe Flacco viewed as a potential salary cap casualty in 2019, the Ravens can secure their future QB by grabbing Jackson if he is available at No. 16," Brooks says. "Remember, Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and assistant head coach Greg Roman have experience nurturing athletic quarterbacks into dynamic playmakers (see Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Colin Kaepernick), so the Ravens could be the perfect fit for the 2016 Heisman winner."

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— Mike Gesicki (TE) 

Gesicki is another tight end option for the Ravens. Standing tall at 6' 5", Gesicki ran a 4.54 40-yard dash and recorded a 41.5 vertical jump at the combine. He also ended his time at Penn State as their tight end leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. 

His draft profile describes him as a "pass-catcher who can get open and has the ball skills to win against linebackers and safeties." Scouts are also comparing him to the likes of Jimmy Graham. 

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— Christian Kirk (WR)

Kirk provides another wide receiver option if Ridley is gone at 16, even though his draft profile has him projected in Rounds 2-3. 

The 5-10, 201-pound junior finished with 71 receptions, 919 yards and 10 touchdowns at Texas A&M.

At the combine, Kirk ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, recorded a 35.5 vertical jump and a 7.09 second 3-cone drill. 

His bottom line states, "Kirk is a well-built, mentally tough slot target whose game is built around pace more than explosiveness. His lack of speed and length make him less likely to impact games down the field, but his footwork, route tempo and hands should give him an opportunity to find catches underneath. Kirk's ability to help in the return game is a plus, but the difference between average and good as a receiver could depend on finding the right fit."

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— D.J. Moore (WR)

As the draft has slowly approached, Maryland's D.J. Moore has risen in the rankings. 

Many pundits are ranking him narrowly behind Alabama's Calvin Ridley as the top WR in the draft. 

The 6'0"  junior ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, a 6.95 3-cone drill and recorded a 39.5 vertical jump. 

"Moore is bigger than former Terrapin wideout Stefon Diggs, but their playing style and athletic ability while at Maryland are similar," states his draft profile.

"Moore doesn't have the height and length teams look for outside and may become a full-time option from the slot. He clearly has the short-area quickness and talent after the catch to handle those duties, but his route-running needs to become more focused and fast to unlock his potential. Teams are high on Moore's potential and believe he has the talent and traits to become a good WR2 in the league."

Moore is being compared to the likes of Pierre Garçon.