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Five observations from Day 8 of Ravens training camp

Five observations from Day 8 of Ravens training camp

OWINGS MILLS – Five observations from Day 8 of Ravens training camp on Friday:

1. Wide receiver Kaelin Clay is having his moments despite stiff competition at wide receiver.

Clay made one of the best catches of training camp, winning a wrestling match for the ball with    cornerback Will Davis after both players caught the ball simultaneously. There may not be room on the 53-man roster for Clay, even as a returner. But if Clay keeps making sparkling catches, the coaches will give him a long look.

2. Backup quarterback Josh Johnson has thrown the ball better in camp than Ryan Mallett.

Johnson threaded a beautiful pass between two defenders that hit Daniel Brown for a touchdown. Throughout camp, Johnson has been more accurate than Ryan Mallett, the Ravens’ No. 2 quarterback. It’s very unlikely the Ravens will keep three quarterbacks, and it’s also unlikely the Ravens will part with Mallett. However, if Mallett wants to eliminate any suspense about his backup role, he needs to perform more consistently.


3. Towson head coach Rob Ambrose attended Friday’s practice.

No doubt Ambrose wanted to check out running back Terrance West, who Ambrose coached at Towson. Ambrose was not disappointed. West had another strong day.

4. Third-year safety Terrence Brooks had an active day.

Brooks is in a tough battle to make the roster, and it’s doubtful the Ravens will keep both Brooks and Elam. But Brooks had an interception off a tipped ball Friday, and enjoyed a solid practice overall. A funny moment occurred when Brooks got a drink of water, but forgot to turn off the valve. As Brooks turned away, the cold water sprayed onto his back, giving him a jolt he didn’t expect. “You guys didn’t see that,” Brooks said to reporters, smiling.

5.  Rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa still has work to do in pass coverage.

Opponents may take advantage of Correa’s aggressiveness. That happened during Friday’s practice, when tight end Darren Wallace easily got behind Correa for a touchdown catch in the red zone. When the play ended, Correa hung his head in disappointment. Despite his impressive camp so far, Correa still has plenty to learning to do, especially playing both inside and outside linebacker.

“We’re really asking a lot of the guy that’s a rookie,” said defensive coordinator Dean Pees. “He’s playing a lot of positions, might be too many. I’d rather do that, and then figure out what we want to do with him.”


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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.