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Winners and losers


Winners and losers

It's getting downto crunch time for the Ravens this training camp, with one more preseason game before the final roster cutdown to 53 players next Friday. Here are threeplayers whose stock either rose or fell in the Ravens' 48-17 win over Jacksonvilleon Thursday night:WINNERSS Omar Brown --For the first time this preseason, Brown did not recover a turnover. In fact,he had a fairly quiet game, with two tackles. But with Emanuel Cook (brokenleg, likely out for season) and Sean Considine (concussion) both hurt againstJacksonville, safety depth is suddenly a major concern. This greatly helpsBrown's chances of making the team. RB Bobby Rainey -- The undrafted rookie from Western Kentucky made another strong push for a roster spot with two rushes, three receptions -- including a 48-yard touchdown -- and one punt return. He seems to have vaulted past Anthony Allen and Damien Berry and into position as the No. 3 running back.
K Justin Tucker-- The rookie from Texas was given all the kicking work last night and, as hehas done all camp, he delivered again. Tucker was 2-for-2 on field goals,including a 53-yarder that might have been good from 63. He also kicked fivetouchbacks and even made a special teams tackle. He continues to do everythingpossible to win the job.
LOSERSRB Anthony Allen-- Four running backs had carries last night, and Allen wasn't one of them,which seems to speak volumes about where he now stands in the pecking order.Allen did have a key block on special teams, but it will take more than that tomake the roster. Assuming he makes it through the Monday cutdown to 75 players,he will have one last chance to make his case on Thursday against the Rams.K Billy Cundiff-- Cundiff lost ground by doing nothing at all. He could only watch from thesideline as his competition, Justin Tucker, continued his impressive camp.Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens needed to know how Tucker would handle thepressure of being the guy for four quarters. They got their answer: Tuckerhandled it extremely well. So where does that leave Cundiff?TE Davon Drew --With both Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson sidelined, the job for the No. 3 tightend job was there to be had this camp. Billy Bajema ran with the first unit against Jacksonville andhad three catches for 26 yards. Drew, listed ahead of Bajema on the depthchart, appeared late in the game and was not targeted at all as a receiver.

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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?