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Ravens' Terrance West sees more opportunity after Kenneth Dixon injury

Ravens' Terrance West sees more opportunity after Kenneth Dixon injury

Terrance West came to Ravens camp trying to carve out a spot in the Ravens crowded backfield.

Now after having one of the most impressive training camps of anyone on the 90-man roster, and after impressive rookie running back Kenneth Dixon suffered a knee injury against the Lions on Saturday night, West could have a major role in the Ravens offense, especially early in the season.

Based on playing time against the Lions, West appears to have leap-frogged Buck Allen on the Ravens depth chart, something Dixon seemed to have done as well.

That would leave West at No. 2 behind Justin Forsett at least as long as Dixon is sidelined, which is expected to be four to six weeks.

In three preseason games this month, West has 25 carries for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

West played in six games for the Ravens last year after being promoted from the practice squad, rushing 46 times for 180 yards. Still, with Forsett, Allen and Lorenzo Taliaferro all returning, and with Dixon arriving as a fourth-round pick, there was no guarantee there would be a spot for West this fall.

But throughout camp, West showed quickness and explosiveness and consistent effort. In short, he showed a sense of urgency as if his job depended on it, which, essentially, it did.

"My mindset (going into training camp) was just coming to work and being ready," West said after Saturday's game. "I wanted to show the coaches I was serious about making this team."

Now after seeing his career stall amid questions about his work ethic and discipline -- first in Cleveland as a third-round pick and then in Tennessee after a trade -- West, the Baltimore native and former Towson star, appears to be right at home with his hometown team.

West, though, did not take much comfort in his role expanding because of an injury to Dixon.

"Everybody wants to play," West said, "but at the same time we compete and we love each other. To see him go down, it hurts all of us."

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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.