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Six things we learned from Ravens Week 6 loss to Giants

Six things we learned from Ravens Week 6 loss to Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. – The Ravens let another first-half lead slip away, and let Odell BEckham Jr. lead the Giants to a huge win on Sunday.

Here are five things we learned watching the Ravens drop their third consecutive game, 27-23, to the Giants:

1. The Ravens (3-3) are in trouble, losing games and losing players.

—Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (concussion) didn’t play in the second half, linebacker Terrell Suggs injured his arm in the fourth quarter, and wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., left tackle Ronnie Stanley, guard Marshal Yanda, linebackers C. J. Mosley and Elvis Dumervil, and returner Devin Hester didn’t play. There is no guarantee any of them will play Week 7 against the Jets. After a 3-0 start, the Ravens’ season is spiraling in the wrong direction.

2.  Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is still a game-breaker.

— Beckham (eight catches, 222 yards, two touchdowns) took over the game in the second half, scoring the game-winning TD with 1:24 left on a 66-yard slant pattern.

Beckman beat Ravens cornerback Tavon Young on an inside move, than simply outran the Ravens’ secondary to the end zone. Once Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith left the game at halftime with a concussion, the Ravens had no answer for Beckham, who outclassed Ravens corners Young, Shareece Wright, and Will Davis.

3. The Ravens benefited from what looked like a terrible pass interference call against the Giants (3-3).

— On the Ravens’ go-ahead touchdown drive, Giants cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie was called for a 30-yard pass interference penalty against Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman. Rodgers-Cromartie had inside position, and was playing the football, yet the flag was thrown. The Giants protested vehemently, an set up the Ravens with first and goal at the eight. That led to a two-yard touchdown run by Terrance West with just over two minutes left. But then Beckham put the Giants ahead for good.  

4. Marty Mornhinweg’s debut as offensive coordinator did not fix everything.

— The Ravens were more aggressive, and they completed deep passes to Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, but they still struggled to convert in the red zone. They were stopped on a key fourth-quarter drive and came away with no points, when Terrance West was stopped well short on a sweep on fourth and goal from the one. The Ravens’ offense still needs plenty of work.

5. Penalties are killing the Ravens

— The Ravens can’t stay out of their own way, and often break momentum with penalties that they are not good enough to overcome. Until that changes, it will be hard to win consistently.

6.  The Ravens need a win desperately.

— They are riding a three-game losing streak and have a road game against the Jets before a bye in Week 8. The last thing the Ravens need is to head into the bye riding a four-game losing streak.

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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?