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The view from Cleveland Browns media

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The view from Cleveland Browns media

In Cleveland, much of the Monday morning quarterbacking about the Ravens-Browns game centers on Browns coach Pat Shurmur. Sure, some of the criticism is focused on the failed fourth-and-2 call from the Browns' 28 with just under four minutes left. But there is plenty of criticism left for the Browns' disorganization and other curious play calling by the Browns in the Ravens' 25-15 win.

 Here is how some of the Cleveland media saw the game:

Craig Lyndall, Waitingfornextyear.com

"Pat Shurmur is his own worst enemy sometimes. With the game on the line and facing 4th and 2 from their own 28 yard line and he seemed to want to prove that he’s learned to be aggressive. Never mind that the previous controversial fourth down plays in question occurred at the Browns’ opponent 40-ish yard lines.

Shurmur decided to roll the dice for once, and unfortunately for him it was absolutely the wrong call.

The Browns ran one of the worst-looking plays of the game with Weeden air mailing Greg Little and the Browns basically handed the Ravens the ball in field goal range trailing by a single score 22-15. Of course the Ravens moved the ball a few feet and made it a two possession game."

Terry Pluto, Plain Dealer

"Games like this remind you that being a Browns fan means suffering. It means being teased.

It means throwing passes to Alex Smith in the red zone, sideways passes to the fullback that have zero chance of going for a first down -- much less a touchdown.

It means with the game on the line and third-and-4 situation, the Browns threw a two-yard pass to ... not the fullback, but receiver Greg Little. It means going for it on fourth down, and looking a bit panicky with a forced pass play that failed."

Marla Ridenour, Akron Beacon-Journal

"A Browns team that arrived at Cleveland Browns Stadium upbeat and predicting victory left angry. And judging by their silence, much of that anger was directed at coach Pat Shurmur....

After nine games, the Browns’ offensive operation is still a work in progress, at times a comedy of errors. The play-calling is conservative one week and riverboat gambler the next. The responsibility falls on Shurmur, even if the gaffes are not all his doing.

Against the Ravens, the most head-scratching moment came with 3:53 remaining when Shurmur went for it on fourth-and-2 from his own 28 with the Browns trailing by seven points. Receiver Greg Little ran a slant and said he was open, but Weeden overthrew him. ...

But the fourth-and-2 decision might not have been what angered Shurmur’s players. Even more disconcerting was the amateurish operation on the sideline. The Browns couldn’t get play calls in and couldn’t get the proper personnel on the field. High school teams are run more efficiently."

Jeff Schudel, Willoughby News-Herald

Just when the Browns think they’re on the right track, the NFL orders them to play another game and they derail again.

Last week, the Browns scored one touchdown but made it stand up for a 7-6 squeaker over the Chargers. A win is a win, players in the locker room said, and they felt momentum going into their home game with the Ravens on Sunday.

 Splat went the momentum Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium against those intimidators from Baltimore, and splat went the hopes of riding into the bye on a high.

The Browns were beaten by the Ravens for the 10th straight time, this time 25-15 on a day when they packed a month’s worth of offensive blunders into three hours of football that made it fair to wonder what the heck they learned in training camp and the first eight games of the season."

Bud Shaw, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Let's call the Pat Shurmur Era "The Longest Yard-and-a-Half." ...

What (new owner Jimmy Haslam)  saw in the Browns' seventh loss in nine games was wasted timeouts, more impotence on third-and-short and his coach unconvincingly masquerading as a riverboat gambler. Even with Halloween delayed in northeast Ohio, Shurmur picked the wrong time and place for the role playing.

The Browns' head coach no doubt feels unfairly second-guessed. In this case, not guilty, your honor. This was a first-guess. Trailing by a TD. Almost four minutes remaining. Fourth-and-two at the Browns 28 after another confounding third-down completion short of the first-down sticks. ...

With much friendlier field position in Indianapolis, Shurmur punted. Sunday, he went for it, despite a day of mystifying communication issues on offense and scattershot accuracy from quarterback Brandon Weeden. Fail and you give the Ravens the ball already in field-goal range. And that's exactly what they did. A fourth-down pass intended for Greg Little soared out of reach. Ravens 25, Browns 15."

 

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent.

Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints had five days to match the deal. Snead indicated Monday on Twitter that he's headed out of New Orleans.

Snead tweeted: "What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room & the coaches."

He added: "Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to strap it on as a Baltimore Raven."

Hampered by a three-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Snead was limited to eight catches for 92 yards last year.

In 2015, he had 69 receptions for 984 yards. He caught 72 passes for 895 yards in 2016.

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2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 6.0: The final countdown

2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 6.0: The final countdown

After months and months of talk and a lot of predictions, the 2018 NFL Draft is finally here.

On Thursday, Ozzie Newsome and Co. will enter the draft room prepared for battle. A lot of questions await them and most of them can not be answered until the ten minutes leading up to their pick. 

Even with the additions of Michael CrabtreeJohn Brown and Willie Snead, will the Ravens continue to add to their wide receiver corps? 

Will they trade down and scoop up a tight end or will they address the offensive line and snag Mike McGlinchey? 

All of our questions will be answered in no time, but for now, sit back and enjoy the wild ride that is the first-round of the NFL Draft. 

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— Mike McGlinchey (OL)

With the exit of Ryan Jensen, the Ravens are now in need of an offensive lineman. 

At the combine, McGlinchey put up 24 reps on the bench press, had a 28.5 inch vertical and a 105 inch broad jump. 

"The offense lacks playmakers which is why wide receivers Calvin Ridley and D.J. Moore work," Standing says. "Right tackle also in play. McGlinchey seems to have moved ahead of the other tackle prospects."

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— Calvin Ridley (WR)

Ridley is one of the few wideouts in this draft projected to go in the first-round. While his combine performance didn't help his stock, running a 4.43 40-yard dash, recording a 31-inch vertical, a 110-inch broad jump and a 6.88-second 3-cone drill, many are still predicting he lands with the Ravens or somewhere in the first-round. 

"Ridley underwhelmed at the combine, but his college tape shows a player who’s nearly uncoverable," Kiper says. "I’m going to trust the tape in this case and still make him my top-ranked wideout (Maryland’s D.J. Moore is not far behind). Baltimore could also target an offensive tackle at pick No. 16."

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah (Link)

— Hayden Hurst (TE) 

The Ravens haven't addressed their need at tight end in free agency and the reason could be because they're holding out for the draft. 

QB Joe Flacco has a tendency to favor Ravens tight ends and Hayden Hurst out of South Carolina is being considered by many the top TE in this draft. 

The ex-minor league baseball pitcher, who walked on at South Carolina at 21-years old, is being compared to Dallas Clark. "His fearless play demeanor combined with size, strength and athleticism make him a well-rounded prospect with the versatility to line up all over the field," according to his draft profile

Jeremiah, who once was a scout for the Ravens, predicts they will be looking to draft back for Hurst.

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks (Link) 

— Lamar Jackson (QB) 

It was reported last week that Jackson would be making a visit to the Ravens' facility during the final week of pre-draft visits, and with Joe Flacco nearing the end of his contract, now could be the time to find his successor. Jackson provides support on the ground and in the air, but scouts are concerned about his accuarcy. 

"With Joe Flacco viewed as a potential salary cap casualty in 2019, the Ravens can secure their future QB by grabbing Jackson if he is available at No. 16," Brooks says. "Remember, Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and assistant head coach Greg Roman have experience nurturing athletic quarterbacks into dynamic playmakers (see Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Colin Kaepernick), so the Ravens could be the perfect fit for the 2016 Heisman winner."

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— Mike Gesicki (TE) 

Gesicki is another tight end option for the Ravens. Standing tall at 6' 5", Gesicki ran a 4.54 40-yard dash and recorded a 41.5 vertical jump at the combine. He also ended his time at Penn State as their tight end leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. 

His draft profile describes him as a "pass-catcher who can get open and has the ball skills to win against linebackers and safeties." Scouts are also comparing him to the likes of Jimmy Graham. 

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— Christian Kirk (WR)

Kirk provides another wide receiver option if Ridley is gone at 16, even though his draft profile has him projected in Rounds 2-3. 

The 5-10, 201-pound junior finished with 71 receptions, 919 yards and 10 touchdowns at Texas A&M.

At the combine, Kirk ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, recorded a 35.5 vertical jump and a 7.09 second 3-cone drill. 

His bottom line states, "Kirk is a well-built, mentally tough slot target whose game is built around pace more than explosiveness. His lack of speed and length make him less likely to impact games down the field, but his footwork, route tempo and hands should give him an opportunity to find catches underneath. Kirk's ability to help in the return game is a plus, but the difference between average and good as a receiver could depend on finding the right fit."

CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson (Link)

— D.J. Moore (WR)

As the draft has slowly approached, Maryland's D.J. Moore has risen in the rankings. 

Many pundits are ranking him narrowly behind Alabama's Calvin Ridley as the top WR in the draft. 

The 6'0"  junior ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, a 6.95 3-cone drill and recorded a 39.5 vertical jump. 

"Moore is bigger than former Terrapin wideout Stefon Diggs, but their playing style and athletic ability while at Maryland are similar," states his draft profile.

"Moore doesn't have the height and length teams look for outside and may become a full-time option from the slot. He clearly has the short-area quickness and talent after the catch to handle those duties, but his route-running needs to become more focused and fast to unlock his potential. Teams are high on Moore's potential and believe he has the talent and traits to become a good WR2 in the league."

Moore is being compared to the likes of Pierre Garçon. 

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