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The view from Philadelphia


The view from Philadelphia

Philadelphia-areamedia covering the Ravens' 24-23 loss at Philadelphia had plenty of reaction tothe officiating and to the chippy play overall. And, just to show it's all amatter of perspective, at least one writer lays the blame for the extracurricular activity squarely on theRavens.Here's the takeon the game from some Eagles' media: Les Bowen,Philadelphia Daily News"When pushcomes to shove, (Michael) Vick believes in himself, as he showed us again on a10-play, 80-yard drive for the winning points ...The Ravens hadtime after that to get within range for kicker Justin Tucker, who'd already hitfrom 56 and 51, but back-to-back incompletions on third- and fourth-and-1 fromthe Baltimore 46 ended the visitors' day. The Eagles hurriedly left the fieldbefore any of the befuddled replacement refs could write a new chapter of theiradventures by calling a penalty kick or a goaltending violation....The Eagles wonthe second half, 17-6. After watching Ray Rice rumble for 78 yards on 7first-half carries, they allowed him just 21 yards on nine carries afterhalftime, perhaps contributing to Baltimore coach John Harbaugh's reluctance torun in short yardage late. ...It was a chippy,choppy game, marred by several scrums and the puzzled, overmatched officiating,which treated the crowd to a pair of 2-minute warnings in the second half, incase anyone was stuck in a stadium bathroom line."Bob Brookover,Philadelphia Inquirer"No man witha brain could witness what took place at Lincoln Financial Field Sundayafternoon and come to the conclusion that "the replacements" didanything close to a credible job. They were, in fact, embarrassingly bad in avariety of ways and if (NFL Commissioner Roger) Goodell allows the folly tocontinue deep into the season he will be eroding his own shaky credibility. ...We suspect AndyReid and other NFL head coaches have been warned by the league to recite theparty line on the issue of replacement officials. That's what the Eagles coachdid after his team's 24-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens that was turnedaround by a questionable offensive pass interference penalty in which a flagwas never thrown.Had the call notgone the Eagles way, Jacoby Jones would have celebrated a 25-yard touchdownthat probably would have sealed a Baltimore victory."
Kevin Callahan,Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal"Once again, theEagles showed they could turn over the ball with the best of them. Surprisingly,Andy Reids fumbling and bumbling bunch showed once again they could still win,too, while giving the ball away like Santa Claus at a sporting goods store. ...The Eagles were morethan generous to a Baltimore team that needs no gifts.The Eagles alsobrought their bark, bite and fight to their home-opening and crowd-pleasing24-23 comeback win over the Ravens.Now, this wasnta bare-knuckle backyard brawl between these I-95 brothers, but only becauseboth teams wore helmets and didnt want to break their hands. Still, there wereenough skirmishes to make the Hatfields and McCoys envious."Paul Domowitch,Philadelphia Daily News"The Eaglesheld a Ravens offense that looked unstoppable last week in a 44-13 win over theCincinnati Bengals to 325 offensive yards and 17 first downs.Held Joe Flaccoto a puny 5.5 yards per pass attempt. Held him to eight second-half completionsin 25 attempts. Held Rice, who led the league in yards from scrimmage lastseason, to 21 yards on nine carries in the second half.And they closedthe deal in the fourth quarter after Mike Vick shook off two more interceptionsand the loss of two of his starting offensive linemen and engineered his secondstraight game-winning drive."Reuben Frank,CSNPhiladelphia.com "Late hits. Cheapshots. Stuff after the whistle. Stuff long after the whistle.Playing theBaltimore Ravens is 50 percent NFL and 50 percent WWE.
They doeverything short of secretly bringing a folding chair in the huddle to startwhacking the other team with.For the EaglesSunday, keeping their composure -- when the Ravens were hitting guys late andstarting fights after virtually every play -- was a big part of their 24-23 winin the season opener at the Linc. ...
The Ravenscertainly can be intimidating, with legendary future Hall of Famers Ray Lewisand Ed Reed leading that world-class defense. But the Eaglesstood toe-to-toe with them for 60 minutes and emerged with a win that not onlyshowed who was the better team but also who was the tougher team."

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR 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 Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders 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 WR 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.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?