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Vick hopes Ravens 'spy'

Somehow, Michael Vick led the Philadelphia Eagles to a victory despite his four interceptions.

The Eagles compiled 456 yards of offense, but the 17-16 score to win at the Cleveland Browns didnt reflect their potential.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh doesnt expect him to play badly again, particularly in the Eagles home debut for a team that has Super Bowl championship aspirations.

Their offense, its just as explosive as any in the league, Harbaugh said. They have a quarterback that is renowned for his play-making ability.

Vick put the blame for his performance last week on his shoulders, admitting that he pressed the issue against his better judgment. His four interceptions led to all of Cleveland's points.

I was just trying to force too many throws. I tried to make something happen when I felt as if we should have already had more points on the board, he said of throwing 29-for-56 for 317 yards. I just got impatient and just tried to rush things. I started letting balls go that I should never have thrown.

So will the Ravens use a spy to track Vick? If he breaks containment, that spells disaster for a defense. The Browns were aggressive with their front seven and did a lot of blitzing from the edges. Vick rushed for only 32 yards on seven carries.

Teams pretty much do what they do. They dont change anything. They might put a spy in the middle, rob the coverage every now and then, Vick said. If they dont play man (coverage), and its not one of the things that they do, they wont try to do that. For the most part, teams just line up and play. Thats the way I like it. Thats the way I want it. If they do put a robber in there, it takes somebody out of pass coverage so we have to exploit that.

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis isn't a fan of using a "spy."

"You start to kind of compromise it a little bit," Lewis said. "So I just say ... play your defense the way your defense should be playing, it should take care of itself. Anytime that you try to do something extra, for one player, no matter who it is, I believe it kind of messes up your scheme of things."

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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.