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Ruth's Chris Sizzling Stats: 5 numbers that determined Ravens-Redskins

Ruth's Chris Sizzling Stats: 5 numbers that determined Ravens-Redskins

The Ravens lost to Washington on Sunday, 16-10. Here are five stats that defined the game, presented by Ruth's Chris.

1) 1-of-6 -- Number of drives for Baltimore in the second half that lasted more than four total plays. Except for the final drive, every Ravens drive in that half was either a three-and-out or the team converted a first down on the drive’s first play, then a three-and-out followed. Stagnation.

2) 39.6 -- The passer rating of Ravens kicker Justin Tucker after his incomplete pass on a failed fake field goal attempt. After lining up as if he were left-footed, Tucker threw a pass in the direction of Crockett Gillmore. It hit off of Washington’s Duke Ihenacho and fell incomplete.


3) 6.2 -- Yards per carry for Baltimore on Sunday -- coming the same week that the team parted ways with veteran running back Justin Forsett. Terrance West narrowly missed his second straight 100-yard rushing game. The problem? They were unable to string that success together into meaningful scoring drives in the second half.

4) 85 -- The number of yards Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder returned a punt for a touchdown on Sunday. It is the second-longest punt return ever surrendered by the Ravens. The longest? Cincinnati’s Craig Yeast took one back 86 yards for a touchdown on Nov. 21, 1999.

5) 3-2 -- After losses in back to back weeks, this is now Baltimore’s record on the year. Those losses come after the team began the season 3-0. The Ravens last started 3-2 in 2014. That year, they finished 10-6 and lost to New England in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR 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 Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders 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 WR 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.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?