Quick Links

Will Kubiak's play calling hurt Ravens in Week 1?


Will Kubiak's play calling hurt Ravens in Week 1?

Gary Kubiak did an excellent job last season as the Ravens’ play-caller. If Kubiak performs well in that role in Week 1 next season, it will be a problem for the Ravens.

The Ravens’ season-opener in Denver on Sept. 13 will match Kubiak, the Broncos’ head coach and former Ravens offensive coordinator, against his former team. It will be interesting to see how Kubiak attacks the Ravens’ defense, but don’t be surprised if the Broncos feature plenty of three wide receiver sets featuring Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Cody Lattimer.

Ravaged by injuries last season, the Ravens’ secondary often had trouble matching up, particularly after cornerback Jimmy Smith (foot injury) was lost for the season. While Smith expects to be ready Week 1, opening the season against the Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning will be a severe test for the Ravens’ secondary. Thomas was second in the league in receiving yards last season (1,619), Sanders was fifth (1,404), and Kubiak has been raving about Lattimer’s improvement this offseason.

Kubiak plans to call plays from the sideline in Denver, but Manning will have plenty of latitude to change plays at the line of scrimmage.

“I think you prepare to help him call that game during the course of the week,” Kubiak told ESPN.com at the league meetings. “One of the things about having a veteran, especially like Peyton, he’s going to let you know ‘This is what I do best, and this is what I feel comfortable with.’…You’re never going to take him out of his comfort zone and what he feels like he does best.”

Kubiak has intimate knowledge of the Ravens’ defense, while Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees is very familiar with Kubiak and his play calling philosophies. Sounds like a chess match worth watching. The Ravens hope to keep Kubiak, Manning and company in check.

MORE RAVENS: Report: Ravens tight end to start camp, season on PUP list

Quick Links

Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

AP Images

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. 


Quick Links

Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

USA Today Sports Images

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.