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Raiders in love with Osemele as Ravens look to replace him

Raiders in love with Osemele as Ravens look to replace him

The Raiders are already in love with Kelechi Osemele. The question for the Ravens is: How much will their offensive line miss him?

As training camp approaches, it remains uncertain who will replace Osemele as the Ravens’ starting left guard. Known for his physical run blocking, Osemele is determined to improve the Raiders’ rushing attack after signing a five-year, $58.5 million deal during free agency.

“I come from a place where we believe in running the ball, and it’s good to be (in) another organization where that seems to be the goal with what they want to do,” Osemele told the Raiders’ website. “I’m a mauler, that’s what I do. I’m a road grinder. I like to run people over and leave then there flat, so I’m glad to be on a team that is headed that direction.”

Osemele was impressive enough in OTA’s to convince the Raiders they made the right move signing him.

“He’s a tremendous run blocker,” said Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. “We’ve seen that on film when he was in Baltimore. (He’s) good in pass blocking. We anticipate his run blocking to help our run game be more productive.”

So where does that leave the Ravens at left guard? John Urschel has the inside track to start, but he could be challenged by Ryan Jensen, fourth-round pick Alex Lewis, or veteran Vladimir Ducasse. With first-round pick Ronnie Stanley expected to start at left tackle, the Ravens will have a new left side of the offensive line.

The Ravens knew it would be difficult to re-sign Osemele, and he took the money and ran. Now the Ravens’ challenge is to run the football effectively without 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.