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Michael Crabtree's Drops are Becoming a Real Concern

October 08, 2018 - 11:45 am

By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Ravens made an emphasis to sign Michael Crabtree this offseason.

So much that a potential four-year, $29 million deal for Ryan Grant fell through, opening the door up for Crabtree’s arrival after being released by the Oakland Raiders.

Crabtree signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Ravens to be their Anquan Boldin-type player. A possession receiver that can play the sticks, make contested catches and be a security blanket for Joe Flacco.

But so far through five games, he’s endured noticeable struggles and dropped three passes including the team’s game-winning touchdown in a 12-9 overtime loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon.

Per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Crabtree currently leads the league with six dropped passes on the season.

Plenty of factors went into the Week 5 loss but Crabtree’s drop in the end zone late in the fourth quarter sticks out like a sore thumb. He makes that catch and the Ravens are riding high at 4-1 heading into next week’s matchup against the Tennessee Titans.

But Baltimore sits at 3-2 and the dropped passes are beginning to become a legitimate concern. Drops were a concern with last year’s receiving core – a reason why Chris Moore is the only starter to remain.

Crabtree – a player of few words it seems – expressed his frustrations in the post-game press conference.

“I’m a team player. Letting them down, it hurt me. I have to go back to the drawing board and get my s---t together.”

Flacco threw 56 pass attempts against the Browns, a season high. And if the run game continues to stall, the passing attack will have to be the main point of emphasis for the offense.

But that doesn’t start without catching passes and a player that was expected to be the No. 1 option this season has to be better in that department.