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Jerry Rosburg: Ravens did 'great job' with intentional holding

Jerry Rosburg: Ravens did 'great job' with intentional holding

Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg seemed to have a sly grin on his face on Thursday as he recalled how his punt team "understood the concept really well" on the final safety against the Bengals.

The concept, of course, was blatant holding, some involving takedowns that would please a wrestling coach. That allowed punter Sam Koch to wander around near the goal line and burn off the final seconds of the game clock before taking a safety for a 19-14 win.

"The guys did a great job," Rosburg said at his Thursday news conference, saying each player was "really impressive and using different techniques with their hold, some around the neck, some hanging on to a leg, some on a shoulder pad, but they all understood the concept really well."

Penalties have been a problem for the Ravens all season, but on this play, they were openly encouraged and embraced. The Ravens Web site even put together a short clip of the best takedowns on the play.

Rosburg, who has been a special teams coach in the NFL for 15 years, said he had no doubt the play would be officiated exactly as it was: Yes, it was a penalty — or, really, about eight of them — but since they occurred in the field of play and not in the end zone, the game would not be extended. Clock at 0:00, game over.

Rosburg said that after the play, as the officials huddled and discussed it, "Guys kept asking me on the sideline, but I was confident they’d get it right."

The next day, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told NFL Network that the Ravens found "kind of a loophole" in using intentional holding, and said, "I think you'll see the Competition Committee review this."

The Competition Committee addresses potential rules changes.        

For his part, Rosburg said the Ravens simply played by the rules.

"The rule is what it is now, and we just played it that way," Rosburg said. "It’s up to them. If they change the rule, then we’ll do something different.”

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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.