Catch­ing up on ba­sics

Re­turn to fun­da­men­tals urged as Crab­tree works to clean up drops

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

As the Ravens’ char­ter flight cut a rapid arc from Cleve­land to Bal­ti­more on Sun­day evening, wide re­ceiver Michael Crab­tree ap­proached quar­ter­back Joe Flacco.

He was sorry, he said, that with a po­ten­tial vic­tory over the Cleve­land Browns hang­ing in the bal­ance, he’d let Flacco’s pass carom off his hands in the back of the end zone. In an ear­lier postgame ses­sion with re­porters, Crab­tree had put the 12-9 loss on him­self.

“Lis­ten, I know it’s not al­ways go­ing to be this way,” Flacco as­sured him.

It was a mes­sage echoed by many of Crab­tree’s coaches and team­mates in the days that fol­lowed. They ap­pre­ci­ated his ac­count­abil­ity and ex­pressed faith in his tal­ent and work ethic.

“When you see him out here catch­ing — he has one of the surest pair of hands I’ve ever seen,” Flacco said.

But those words have not stopped Crab­tree’s lapses from be­com­ing a sig­nif­i­cant story as the 3-2 Ravens try to put their sea­son and of­fense back on track this Sun­day in Nashville, Tenn. Af­ter all, they signed the vet­eran star so they wouldn’t have to worry about whom to tar­get in cru­cial mo­ments. See RAVENS, page 4

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