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Would you have wanted to interview Harbaugh at halftime?


Would you have wanted to interview Harbaugh at halftime?

A few things of note from the Ravens preseason opener:

Did you catch John Harbaughs irked demeanor at the quickie halftime interview? When Stan White grabbed the coach as he was heading off the field, Harbaugh offered only short answers about how bad the Ravens looked in the half. He was not a happy coach.

Shortly before he spoke with White, Harbaugh also wasnt happy about the spot on a fourth-down play near the end of the first half, when it appeared the Ravens made a first down on a short pass. But even after an instant replay review, the Ravens didnt get the call. Still, thats the kind of call that regular officials miss from time to time, too.

Were not supposed to notice the replacement officials. But thats kind of hard when the head referee, Craig Ochoa, sounds nervous every time he has to announce a call via his microphone. And twice referring to the Atlanta Falcons as Arizona didnt help much, either.

Rookie Gino Gradkowski, who started at center with Matt Birk sitting out the game, shouldered the blame for the hit Joe Flacco took when blitzing safety Sean Weatherspoon went free into the Ravens backfield. "Anytime there's a miscommunication, it's always the center's fault," Gradkowski said, according to baltimoreravens.com. "I've got to be better with that. We'll get that fixed."

Gradkowskis fellow rookie on the line, Kelechi Osemele, who started at right tackle, gave himself a mixed grade. "It was a little sloppy at first, but I warmed up after the first three-and-out," he said (also via the Ravens website). "Once I started playing like my usual self, I felt like things went pretty good."

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

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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. 


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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.