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Ravens report card: Offense sputters against Seahawks


Ravens report card: Offense sputters against Seahawks

It's time to get out the red pen and grade the Ravens after the 35-6 beatdown the Seahawks handed them on Sunday. We begin with the offense:


Jimmy Clausen wasn't great, but he wasn't terrible either and he didn't hand the other team six points, which makes him different from Matt Schaub. Clausen ended up 23-of-40 for a career-high 274 yards, with one interception. He fired a nice 31-yard pass to Daniel Brown on the Ravens opening series and connected with Kamar Aiken on back-to-back deep throws totaling 58 yards to set up a field goal in the final minute of the first half. He threw with at least as much zip and confidence as Schaub with more mobility. There were clearly timing issues, but that can be expected with a quarterback who has been with the team less than three weeks.


The Ravens young backs found very tough sledding against the Seahawks defense. The Ravens totaled 4 rushing yards in the first half and finished the game with 28 rushing yards on 14 carries. Terrance West had one 17-yard run -- and totaled minus-1 yard on his other four carries. The Ravens again failed to convert a third-and-1 run. Allen was still a factor out of the backfield with five catches for 44 yards. Kyle Juszczyk was no factor as a receiver, and the Ravens again were stuffed on a third-and-1 run, which has happened far too often this year.


The Ravens were manhandled up front, with the running game averaging just 2 yards a carry. In the first half, the Ravens netted 4 rushing yards on 11 carries. Jimmy Clausen was officially sacked just once, but he was under the gun all day. Kelechi Osemele was playing left tackle for the first time in his career, and Rick Wagner was beaten more than once on the other side, but really, pressure at Clausen came from all over. He was hit 11 times and spent much of the game picking himself up off the turf.


The Ravens didn't attempt a pass to a tight end all day, a surprising fact given how prominently the tight ends figure in Marc Trestman's offense. Then again, Crockett Gillmore (back) was out and Nick Boyle is suspended, so the Ravens were down to Maxx Williams and Konrad Reuland, who just joined the active roster last week. The Ravens haven't gotten much yet from Williams, a second-round pick. Tackle James Hurst was used as a blocking tight end, but the tight ends didn't do much to help the running game, either.


Kamar Aiken has a couple of tough grabs en route to five catches for 90 yards and has been one of the few offensive bright spots this lost season. Jeremy Butler set career highs with seven catches for 72 yards, and Daniel Brown (5-47) was a factor as well. Chris Matthews had one catch in his Ravens debut, but his trash-talking along the Seahawks sideline after the catch sure rang hollow while down 35-6. And what's with Ravens receivers always running patterns 2 or 3 yards short of the first-down marker? That's no way to move the chains.

MORE RAVENS: Brown: Ravens should stick with Clausen

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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.