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Ravens stock watch: Who's up, who's down after Redskins game?


Ravens stock watch: Who's up, who's down after Redskins game?

The Ravens have just one week left to solidify their roster, with one preseason game left in Atlanta on Thursday and then the final cutdown to 53 players next Saturday.

Here are three players who helped their chances of making the team, and three who hurt their chances, in the Ravens’ 31-13 loss to the Redskins on Saturday night.


WR Jeremy Butler – Butler had four catches for 32 yards, far from dazzling numbers but the best that a receiver not named Steve Smith Sr. could muster. But perhaps more telling, Butler was a member of the starting kickoff cover team and a gunner on the punt cover team. That indicates he might have earned a role on special teams, which is often a ticket onto the roster for those on the bubble.

DL Kapron Lewis-Moore – Lewis-Moore didn’t have a huge night, with four tackles in 28 snaps, but he was still standing at the end, which couldn’t be said for several other defensive linemen. Timmy Jernigan (knee), Lawrence Guy (knee) and DeAngelo Tyson (shoulder) all went down with injuries Saturday night. The severity of the injuries isn’t known, but all the injuries enhance Lewis-Moore’s chances of making the team.

RB Terrence Magee – Magee carried four times for 13 yards, and seems to have established himself as the No. 3 back as long as Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) remains sidelined. Magee also got a chance to return kicks, with two returns for 39 yards, although he did bobble one. “He’s a hard runner. That’s probably what you see the most,” coach John Harbaugh said of the LSU product. “He takes it north, south, and lowers his pads. And he looks like a Southeastern Conference runner there. He’s very physical.



WR DeAndre Carter – The speedy undrafted rookie from Sacramento State entered camp as a candidate for the kick return job. But after fumbling kicks in each of the past two games, he didn’t get a chance against the Redskins. He played just three offensive snaps, and it appears Carter has quite literally fumbled away his chance.

RB Fitzgerald Toussaint – Toussaint was thought to be competing for Magee for the No. 3 running back job with Taliaferro sidelined, but Toussaint did not play an offensive snap. Toussaint spent much of last season on the Ravens practice squad, and he could be headed there again.

CB Tray Walker – The rookie fourth-round pick had a long night, both with his tackling and with his coverage. His open-field whiff set up one Redskins touchdown, and he was badly beaten on another. The Ravens still might keep him on the roster – they rarely cut draft picks in the first year – but Walker has a long way to go.  “As far as coverage, I’d like to see a little more confidence,” Harbaugh said. “Get out there and challenge people and cover them. You have skills. Don’t back off and play like you think you can’t cover that guy. Get up there and cover him.”  

 MORE: 3 defensive issues arise for Ravens in loss to Redskins


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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?