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In need of offensive weapons, Harbaugh still hoping Perriman can emerge as No. 1 WR

In need of offensive weapons, Harbaugh still hoping Perriman can emerge as No. 1 WR

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on Tuesday that he still envisions a high ceiling for second-year receiver Breshad Perriman, whose career has yet to live up to his first-round draft status.

Perriman, whose entire rookie season was lost to injury, played in 16 games this season and finished with 33 catches for 499 yards and three touchdowns. Perriman showed flashes of his speed, turning a short catch into a 53-yard touchdown against the Dolphins.

But Perriman's season was also characterized by dropped passes, route-running issues and timing problems with quarterback Joe Flacco. And neither offensive coordinator in 2016 — the fired Marc Trestman and then Marty Mornhinweg — did much to stretch the field with Perriman, rarely sending the speedster deep on straight fly patterns, which was considered a key part of his skill set.

With the retirement of Steve Smith Sr., the Ravens will need more than just two catches and about 31 yards a game -- roughly his 2016 averages -- from their 2015 first-round draft pick.

Still, the Ravens have high hopes for Perriman.


When asked at his season-ending news conference whether Perriman could become a No. 1 receiver, Harbaugh said, "I sure hope that Breshad Perriman becomes a true No. 1," noting that there are maybe "10 at the most" in the league.

 "To me, there are signs that is possible," Harbaugh said. "But he has a ways to go. He has a lot of work to do to get it done. You see the radius and you see the speed, and I think you see that here is a guy who has a chance.

"Now, he has to refine his route-running, he has to refine his hands, his catching, and just become an all-around really good receiver. This is his first year of practicing. He did not even have training camp. To me, there is a lot of upside there.”

Perriman acknowledged as he cleaned out his locker on Monday that he needs to improve his route-running and his chemistry with Flacco.

He said he hopes to do some offseason work with Flacco and also said he will benefit from being fully healthy for an NFL offseason for the first time.

"I think it will be a huge advantage for me," Perriman said. "It is not rehabbing, it is going straight to work, and just working on things I need to get better at. I am looking forward to it.”


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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.