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Another fairy tale?


Another fairy tale?

The Ravens had a local-boy-makes-good story last training camp when wide receiver LaQuan Williams, a Baltimore native and Poly grad, made the team as an undrafted rookie.

The fairy tale could play out again this fall after the Ravens signed undrafted offensive tackle James Carmon from Mississippi State. Carmon was among nearly two dozen undrafted players the Ravens signed in the hours after the NFL Draft ended.

Carmon grew up in Baltimore and starred at City College. Now, like Williams, he has a chance to compete for his hometown team.

Its definitely a dream come true, Carmon told the Baltimore Suns Jeff Zrebiec.

Carmon, who failed to qualify academically out of high school, spent two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He was named the nation's top junior college defensive tackle and then moved on to Mississippi State. He started three games at defensive tackle with the Bulldogs in 2010, then moved to left tackle last season and started eight games.

Carmon, 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds, is viewed as a raw prospect with physical tools.

He's a gifted athlete for his size who at worst is worth a developmentalfree agent grade, wrote the National Football Posts Wes Bunting in a pre-draft scouting report. He's the type of lineman I would love to havedevelop on my practice squad for a year and see how much he can develop."

CBS Sports.com rated Carmon the 28th-best offensive tackle in the draft and labeled him as a borderline draft pick. In the end, his name was not called, but the end result was fine with Carmon.

The whole process was really stressful. I wasnt sure if I was going to be taken, but everything happens for a reason, Carmon told the Sun.

It's considered a long-shot for any undrafted rookie to make the team, but the Ravens have a long history of success with such players, including Mike Flynn, Priests Holmes, Bart Scott, Jameel McClain and Williams.

Carmon is familiar with the story of Williams, who came out of Poly and Maryland and made the Ravens last fall as a special teams player and reserve wide receiver.

He made it, and thats what I want to do, Carmon said.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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.


“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.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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.