Veteran cornerback Asa Jackson was not gone from the Ravens for long. He has been signed to the team’s practice squad, the Ravens announced Thursday. The contract of wide receiver Daniel Brown was terminated to make room for Jackson.
Jackson was one of the Ravens’ final cuts Saturday when the Ravens reduced their roster to the 53-player limit. He was a Ravens’ fifth-round pick in 2012, and was expected to play a role for them as a cornerback and returner this season. However, Jackson fumbled punts in back-to-back games during the preseason, and did not play consistently enough at corner to secure a roster spot.
The Giants signed Jackson after the Ravens cut him, but New York released Jackson after two days. Now that Jackson has returned, it remained to be seen if he would eventually be promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. The Ravens have five cornerbacks on their current 53-man roster – Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, Kyle Arrington, Rashaan Melvin, and Tray Walker. However, Melvin (thigh) missed Wednesday’s practice.
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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