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Timing of Keenum's concussion raises questions


Timing of Keenum's concussion raises questions

BALTIMORE – Late in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum was sacked by Timmy Jernigan, appearing in the process to slam his head against the turf at M&T Bank Stadium as he was pulled down. Keenum remained in the game for two plays after Jernigan’s sack, which occurred with 1:10 to play.

That second play was a Keenum fumble that gave Baltimore possession with 0:54 to play and ultimately led to a 47-yard game winner from Justin Tucker that gave the Ravens a 16-13 victory.

About 30 minutes after Sunday’s game, a team public relations representative, who had originally said that Keenum was to be available shortly in the media interview room, said the quarterback had been diagnosed with a concussion and would be unavailable.

According to NBC Sports’ Mike Florio, the Rams and the ATC spotters didn’t remove Keenum from the game, which they have the power to do.

“It’s possible that [the] ATC spotter wasn’t paying attention. It’s more possible that the ATC spotter was reluctant to yank Keenum off the field during crunch time,” Florio wrote in ‘Pro Football Talk.’

“Regardless, the ATC spotter failed to protect a player who needed to be protected from himself. Keenum was never going to tap out voluntarily. In moments like that, the ATC spotter is there for one purpose: To tap out the player involuntarily.”


During his postgame comments, St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher was asked if he had considered removing Keenum, who was 12 for 26 for 132 yards—not because of injury—but because of poor performance.

“No, I did not,” he said quietly.

Fisher went to Keenum after Nick Foles had a horrible game against Chicago, and before he learned of the injury, said he would play him against Cincinnati next Sunday.

“I’m going to give Case a good week of practice. I expect him to do better than he did today. You can see if he’s mobile, if he can move around, if he can do things,” Fisher said.

Keenum, who lost two fumbles, was defended by wide receiver Tavon Austin. Austin, who went to Baltimore’s Dunbar H.S., less than three miles away from M&T Bank Stadium, wasn’t upset with Keenum.

“Case is going to be Case. He did what he could do,” Austin 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.