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What Ravens are getting with Schaub as next man up


What Ravens are getting with Schaub as next man up

BALTIMORE -- Matt Schaub is the latest next man up in a season full of them for the Ravens.

The 11-year veteran will be the Ravens starting quarterback, presumably for the final six games of the season, after Joe Flacco suffered a season-ending knee injury in the closing seconds of the Ravens’ 16-13 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

“I hate the circumstances it comes under, but I’m excited for the opportunity,“ said Schaub, who has made 90 career NFL starts.

Flacco’s injury is just the latest for the decimated Ravens, which also lost starting running back Justin Forsett to a season-ending broken arm earlier in the game. They will join starters Terrell Suggs, Steve Smith Sr., Jeremy Zuttah and a host of others on the sideline for the rest of the year.

Schaub signed a one-year contract with the Ravens this offseason, giving the Ravens a veteran presence should anything happen to Flacco. That seemed unlikely; Flacco, in his eighth season, has never missed a game, and Schaub has yet to play a down this season.

But that’s about to change, and the Ravens offense is now in his hands.

“When you play in this game and you’re in this role, that’s the nature of it,” Schaub said. “You’re one play away at any point, whether it’s in the middle of a game or at the end, or getting ready for next week. I understand that as good as anyone.”

Schaub, a third-round draft pick in 2004 out of Virginia, played three years with the Falcons and then spent seven seasons with the Texans before playing with Oakland last season. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2012. In 2009, Schaub set career highs with 4,770 passing yards and 29 touchdowns.

Last year as a backup in Oakland, he threw just 10 passes all season, going 5-for-10 with two interceptions. One of those was returned for a touchdown, a problem that has plagued Schaub later in his career. In 2013, he set a dubious NFL record with a “pick six” in four straight games, which ultimately led to his benching with the Texans.

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Now he’s an NFL starter again.

“I’m looking forward to getting to work this week and get ready for Cleveland,” Schaub said.

The Ravens players, while expressing shock over Flacco’s injury, also expressed confidence in Schaub.

“We throw every day together,” tight end Crockett Gillmore said. “We’re the first two out there and the last two out there. I’m very comfortable with Matt.”

Said cornerback Jimmy Smith: “I think he’s going to go out and perform how we want him to. I have no doubt about it. I see him in practice every day, and I’m absolutely sure he can get the job done.”

Kicker Justin Tucker said, “That old adage really rings true in these times. When there’s a next man up, he’s just got to step up, He’s got to step to the plate. And we’re going to let Matt Schaub drive up to hopefully a lot more wins here.”


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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?