OWINGS MILLS – Only three current Ravens were with the team in 2008 when Joe Flacco first arrived – punter Sam Koch, linebacker Terrell Suggs, and guard Marshal Yanda.
Adjusting to new teammates is nothing new for Flacco. So as the Ravens continue OTA’s on Monday with a workout that is open to the media, Flacco says it’s important to separate the business and personal side of life in the NFL.
“There’s a ton of turnover, you realize that very quickly,” said Flacco. “Coaches, the same thing."
John Harbaugh is the only head coach Flacco has ever played for. However, Marc Trestman is Flacco’s fourth different offensive coordinator, following Cam Cameron, Jim Caldwell, and Gary Kubiak.
Two wide receivers left the team this offseason who won a Super Bowl with Flacco -Torrey Smith, who signed as a free agent with the 49ers, and Jacoby Jones, who was released and picked up by the Chargers. However, the Ravens went wide receiver (Breshad Perriman) and tight end (Maxx Williams) with their first two draft picks, and Flacco is convinced the Ravens have enough weapons.
Building chemistry with those weapons is an important part of OTA’s for Flacco. Flacco does not anticipate adjustment issues with his new receivers, or with Trestman.
“No I don’t,” Flacco said. “I don’t know if you don’t think about it, but I don’t expect it. I think we’ve got good guys, and we’re going in the direction we’re going in for a reason and we’re going to be a very good team because of it.”
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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