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What will Ravens do at left tackle?


What will Ravens do at left tackle?

Heres some interesting questions about Bryant McKinnie and his apparent return to the team that could be coming as early as Monday.
What will the Ravens do? Will they put him back at left tackle or is the job going to Michael Oher, whom the Ravens said they were moving there to take McKinnie's spot when the veteran didn't show at last week's start of camp?
Or, how much is there behind the scenes to the injuries that McKinnie is telling some media outlets hes got?
Sounds like As The Left Tackle Turns.
This can be a tricky situation for the Ravens. Coach John Harbaugh and the team pushed McKinnie hard on conditioning and everything seemed on course before all of this broke at the start of camp last week. When camp began, there was no McKinnie.
The Ravens didnt want to talk about the situation just then, but McKinnie is now telling places like the Carroll County Times that he hurt his lower back falling at home. He said he's planning to report and try to work the situation out, saying he could be on the field soon.
The question now is how long it would take him to get ready to play and practice. And then what would the Ravens want to do at that point?
They could hand him the starting left tackle job again and say that all is well. Or, they could do something a little different and make him earn the spot back. If so, that would create some of the position battles that Harbaugh and the staff seem to enjoy.
One thing that no ones really thought much about is this what happens if Oher is really ready to play at left tackle? He came into the NFL at that position before the Ravens moved him to right tackle last year. Hes in his fourth year, a more experienced guy now, and it just might be the time to shift Oher back to the left.
They could put Bobbie Williams at left guard with Marshal Yanda at right guard. Matt Birk starts at center with rookie Kelechi Osemele starting at right tackle. Thats where the team appeared to be at this week before McKinnie was suddenly heard from over the weekend.
Nobody knows exactly when McKinnies coming in or what will take place from there. It sure makes for good football dramastay tuned.

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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.

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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?