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Michael Crabtree can bring Anquan Boldin-like clutch play to Ravens – ESPN
Crabtree’s arrival should spark some flashes about that Super Bowl for the Ravens, most notably Anquan Boldin.
Crabtree doesn’t possess great speed like Boldin, and he makes the same tough, contested catches. At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Crabtree is nearly the exact size as Boldin (6-1, 218), which both use expertly in the red zone.
Perhaps, most importantly, Crabtree brings the competitiveness and clutch play that some will say has been missing in the Ravens’ passing attack since Boldin last played. Crabtree’s Boldin-like impact will likely be felt in moving the chains and scoring late in games.
Crabtree has converted the ninth-most third downs (126) since he entered the league in 2009. Boldin ranks No. 6 on that list.
Prospect Spotlight: Isaiah WynnHe is that good. While he played out of position as a tackle in college, he is the furthest thing from being a ‘fish out of water’. He possesses the solid lower body, although he could stand to gain a little mass. His core strength is adequate, though he should gain more as displayed in his occasional lapse of balance.
Cincinnati Bengals sign backup quarterbackThe Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday quickly filled the need left open by the departure of AJ McCarron to Buffalo. They signed former USC quarterback Matt Barkley in a deal to compete to backup Andy Dalton. Barkley was drafted in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. This will mark his fifth team in six seasons.
Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has taken multiple steps towards revamping the offense during the first week of the 2018 NFL league year. The acquisitions of possession receiver Michael Crabtree and vertical threat John Brown represent a great start towards remaking the receiver room. The front office also locked up offensive lineman James Hurst on a four year deal, albeit at the expense of starting right tackle Austin Howard.
Newsome indicated the Ravens would still like to make another signing or two in free agency, yet at this point they have subtracted center Ryan Jensen, backup running back Danny Woodhead and wideout Jeremy Maclin. Top receiver Mike Wallace and veteran tight end Ben Watson are also currently uncommitted.
Mike Mayock ranked his top six quarterbacks prior to the Scouting Combine, but could the Bengals draft one of the lower ranked ones to replace AJ McCarron as the backup to Andy Dalton?
While the team does have Matt Barkley and Jeff Driskel, those guys should be considered expandable, especially if a high-profile quarterback falls to the Bengals in Round 1-2.
So, who does Mayock like?
1). Sam Darnold, USC
Darnold seems like an almost forgotten name when discussing the top quarterbacks of this years draft. That could be because the guys we are talking about after him are so polarizing people want to talk about why their favorite is better than the other polarizing player.
The thing that gets lost is Darnold is the most complete quarterback in this years draft. Yes, he had a ton of turnovers, but these are things he can work on.