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Author: Jon Kuzma
With the Baltimore Ravens choosing to release Michael Crabtree it’s easy to see what new general manager Eric Decosta’s plan is. The Ravens want to get younger at the wide receiver position and allow that group to mature with Lamar Jackson. It’s somewhat risky to let Crabtree go because John Brown is also a free agent. If Baltimore loses both Brown and Crabtree that can put a big dent in their ability to create plays through the air. The last thing the team wants to do is take away some of Jackson’s weapons but clearly the Ravens believe they can patch up some of their holes this off-season. Right now with what they have on their roster it’s going to take two or maybe even three receivers to make that position competitive. Which leads you to believe that Baltimore will weigh their options between D.K Metcalf, N’Keal Harry, and Hakeem Butler in the first round of the NFL Draft. One of those three can be the top guy for the Ravens and then they should consider signing someone like Devin Funchess in free agency. Funchess has averaged 558 yards and 5 touchdowns per year over his first four seasons in the NFL. That would be the perfect number 2 receiver next to someone like Metcalf. The final piece would be retaining John Brown but if he’s not available Jamison Crowder would be a great third target in that system. Crowder is very quick and he can adjust on the fly to Jackson’s scrambling abilities. Together that trio of weapons is how you turn the page on the one year Michael Crabtree stint. Suddenly Jackson would have the right supporting case to go on a deep playoff run and it keeps Baltimore’s organization moving in the right direction. That’s what the off-season is all about.
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The Baltimore Ravens released Michael Crabtree and the goal was to get younger at the wide receiver position.