Here are three reasons why the Ravens were expected to start Ryan Mallett at quarterback against the Steelers on Sunday, as NFL Network was reporting:
1) Mallett has a stronger arm than Jimmy Clausen and is still only 27 years old
With the Ravens (4-10) out of the playoff hunt, the focus has shifted to 2016. Giving Mallett game action against a contender like the Steelers will give the Ravens’ coaching staff a better read on Mallet as they make offseason evaluations. This is further indication that Matt Schaub won’t be back. It also indicates the Ravens aren’t sold on Clausen either after two starts.
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2) The Ravens hope Joe Flacco will be ready to start Week 1 next season, but there is no guarantee
Flacco’s uncertain timetable as he recovers from knee surgery makes the backup quarterback spot more important. Flacco had started 122 consecutive games over an eight-year period before his season-ending knee injury. Counting on Flacco’s durability is a luxury the Ravens no longer have. They need a quarterback who can hold the fort if Flacco has a setback in recovery, or is injured again next season.
3) The available quarterback market is thin
Next year’s draft isn’t a deep one for quarterbacks, and the free agent quarterback market is thin as well. Mallett made well-documented mistakes when he was with the Texans, like missing meetings and a team flight. If he doesn’t prove to the Ravens he has matured and become more reliable, he won’t be Flacco’s backup either. But the Ravens believe Mallet has the talent to handle the job if he’s willing to work hard and improve.
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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