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Torrey Smith still giving back to Baltimore


Torrey Smith still giving back to Baltimore

When Torrey Smith signed with the 49ers this spring, he quickly made clear that he was not leaving Baltimore behind completely.

"I will be playing for a different organization, but I will remain committed to the City of Baltimore," Smith wrote on his Web site. "I will continue to give back and help build a better future for our young men and women. MY COMMITMENT TO THE CITY IS FOR LIFE."

True to his word, Smith was back in Baltimore this past week making his mark at two city elementary schools.

Another Reading Oasis in the books! Thank you to all of the sponsors who make this possible. PWC, Scholastic, Walmart, Pepsi, Papa Johns, the students at Moravia Elementary School will enjoyed over 1,200 books, a computer station, a listening station, and two activity centers because of you. We had so much fun with the kids today. Thank you Angela for all of your hard work. Can't wait for @pixilatedphoto to share the pictures from today and looking forward to our Back to School event on Monday. Enjoying my time in Baltimore before heading out to the west coast!

A photo posted by Torrey Smith (@torreysmithwr) on Jul 23, 2015 at 8:52am PDT

On Thursday, Smith launched Torrey's Reading Oasis," at Moravia Park Elementary School. The space -- the fourth such one that Smith has established through his foundation -- features more than 1,200 age-appropriate books, electronic readers and space for students to read, study and improve literacy.

“It was awesome,” Smith said, according to the 49ers Web site. “It’s always a brighter room so it gets their attention. They love it. They have some games in there to play as well. It’s just another peaceful place to have in the school.”

Then on Monday, Smith was at Gardenville Elementary in northeast Baltimore to visit the students at SuperKids camp, run by the Parks & People Foundation.

In addition to taking part in relay races and other games, Smith helped distribute backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming year to 250 students.

[MORE RAVENS Projecting the 53-man roster heading into camp

"That relationship with the people of Baltimore is very important to me," Smith told WJZ-TV at Gardenville Elementary, "and it still is."

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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.