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'Laid-back' Reed returns to Baltimore as Bills coach

'Laid-back' Reed returns to Baltimore as Bills coach

A “more laid back” Ed Reed said his emotions will be in check on Sunday when he returns to M&T Bank Stadium, this time as a member of the Buffalo Bills coaching staff.

"I'm not playing,” Reed told Buffalo media earlier this week. “The emotions are pretty much even keel for me. But I'm excited. This is a new chapter. It's new for me, and we'll see how it goes."

Reed is in his first season as the Bills assistant defensive backs coach under Rex Ryan, who was with the Ravens for seven seasons while Reed was a player.

Reed said he is looking forward to seeing some old Ravens friends on the field during pregame warmups, and he will surely hear some “Reeeeeeeeed!” chants from the stands even as he wears the blue and red gear of his new team.

"During pregame I'm sure a lot of those emotions will be there,” Reed said. “A lot of those guys I know. … It's gonna be fun. This is a game. At the end of the day this is a game.”

“My job is easy,” Reed said. “I know what my job is to do and that's to get those guys ready.”

Reed's guys include former Ravens defensive back Corey Graham, now a Bills starting safety. It also includes a slew of young defensive backs who get to learn from one of the best who ever played the game. In fact, Ryan has called Reed "The Pied Piper" for the way young defensive backs seem to hang on every word.

For Ravens fans and players alike, seeing Reed wearing the logo of another team might be a little jarring, although he did return to M&T Bank Stadium as an opponent twice in his final season -- first with the Houston Texans, and then later with the New York Jets after the Texans released him. 

The ball-hawking safety spent 11 of his 12 seasons with the Ravens and went to the Pro Bowl nine times. He is a near-certain Hall of Famer and remains one of the most popular Ravens of all time. Reed signed a one-day contract with the Ravens in May 2015 so he could officially retire as a member of the Ravens.

Last year, Reed was inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor, and he will become just the second Ring of Honor member to visit as an opposing coach -- Earnest Byner did so with the Titans in 2008. But, Terrell Suggs said, at least Reed won’t be in uniform.

“It’s going to be kind of weird,” Suggs said. “It’s going to be kind of weird to see Superman in street clothes. I guess he’s Clark Kent now.”

Reed, 37, joked this week that it would take $300 million to coax him out of retirement and back onto the field, but he said at times it’s hard to adjust to not being a player.

“You learn to fight that off," he said. "There's some times when I want to get out there and show those guys a certain technique and show them how to do it -- and I do. But I know how to channel that. I work out. I have a lot of studying I have to do from a coach's perspective, so the transition actually happens easy because you got a lot of work to do. …

"I was no longer a player a long time ago. That's why I retired. So all that's gone. That life is behind me, man. Here I am, Coach Reed."



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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.