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Bowe expecting to make up for lost TDs with Browns


Bowe expecting to make up for lost TDs with Browns

You scored as many touchdowns as Dwayne Bowe did last season — or maybe more, depending on what kind of year your flag football team had — but he views that as an aberration, one he intends to remedy in 2015 for the Cleveland Browns.

"When Josh [Gordon] was here, he was the touchdown man, and I'm here to fill his shoes,'' Bowe told cleveland.com recently, referring the Pro Bowl wide receiver who is suspended for the season. "It's my job to do that in this offense, and I believe I can do that.''

Skeptics would point to 2014, when Bowe not only didn’t score a single TD, but he also was part of a Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers corps that made NFL history by becoming the first such group to go an entire 16-game season without any touchdown catches.

The problem, he said, was that the Chiefs forgot about him when they neared the goal line.

"I didn't get one shot in the end zone,'' said Bowe, who had 60 receptions in 2014. "I think it's in ‘Ripley's Believe it or Not.’' I got us down in scoring range and with our offense, it was based on running back to the tight end and my job was to play football. … The chips just didn't fall my way.”

Bowe, who was released by Kansas City in March and signed with Cleveland as a free agent, said he doesn’t expect such issues with the Browns.

"I think this organization knows what I can do, and they're going to showcase it.”

Bowe had a huge season in 2010, with 15 TD catches, but only 13 since. But Bowe, 30, said he’s ready for a revival.

''From having none to getting my first touchdown in an environment like this, it's going to be a confidence-booster just to show that I still can do it,'' he said. "It wasn't me not being able to. It was our offense not putting me in position to score. This offense definitely puts me in position to score touchdowns.''

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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.