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Suggs provides inspiration for offense


Suggs provides inspiration for offense

When nothing was seemingly going right for the Ravens’ struggling offense, it was linebacker Terrell Suggs who gave them the inspiration.

In a subtle way, Suggs, playing in just his second game of the season since coming back from an Achilles tear, helped the offense overcome a late deficit to beat the Cleveland Browns 25-15 on the road.

“I remember Terrell Suggs sitting over there saying, ‘We’ll hold them from scoring touchdowns, you guys go ahead and put a drive together and let’s win this game,” said running back Ray Rice, who had a season-high 25 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. “Just hearing from a guy who battled through that kind of injury, we owe it to him, we owe it to ourselves, we out it to the organization.”

This may not have exactly how the Ravens (6-2) envisioned coming out of the bye week as the hurry-up offense went into hibernation again.

The Ravens took a 14-point lead in the first quarter with Rice getting in from eight yards and rookie Bernard Pierce sprinting in on a third-down play from 11 yards out for his first touchdown as a pro.

But quarterback Joe Flacco continued to struggle away from home, going 15-for-24 for just 153 yards and one touchdown.

His scoring pass of 19 yards to Torrey Smith, however, was the game-winner. The Ravens had fallen behind 15-14 because of five field goals by Browns kicker Phil Dawson, but Flacco led them on a nine-play, 81-yard drive.

Smith's catch, pivot and run was the first big play in the passing game for Baltimore. Then Flacco completed a two-point conversion to Anquan Boldin and Justin Tucker added a late field goal for the final margin. 

“We did a good job mixing it up a little bit in the first quarter,” said Flacco, who is unbeaten in 10 career games vs. Cleveland. The last time Baltimore lost to this team was 2007, the season before Flacco’s rookie season and John Harbaugh’s arrival as coach. “After (the first quarter) … those guys did a good job of creating some negative plays for us. It was tough to convert.”

The Ravens had 11 first downs to begin the game but Flacco couldn’t engineer his team to another one until late in the fourth.

Even though the Browns were trailing from the start, they got back in it by sticking with rookie running back Trent Richardson, who had just 47 yards on 14 carries in a 23-16 loss to Baltimore in Week 4.

Richardson compiled 76 of his 105 yards in the first half as Cleveland was able to  control the clock and wear out a defense that already came in short-handed.

Defensive end Pernell McPhee sat out because of a thing injury and tackle Haloti Ngata was limited by a sore shoulder. But the Ravens, who had allowed an average of 207 rushing yards per game in the last three games, responded.

The Browns gained 116 overall, marking a significant improvement for a defense that was No. 2 in the NFL against the run a season ago when it held teams to less than 100.

Rice wasn’t as effective after the first quarter, but Baltimore didn’t go away from him like they did in past weeks.

He had 10 carries above his season average of 15. The hard-fought victory erased the bad taste of a 43-13 drubbing the Ravens took at the Houston Texans going into the bye week.

“It’s great to come on the road, not do anything fancy, and figure out a way to win,” Rice said.

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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.