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Brady-to-Gronkowski equals problems

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Brady-to-Gronkowski equals problems

BrentCelek will remember his game against the Ravens for a long time.Thatsbecause the Philadelphia Eagles tight end had a career game with157 yards receiving last weekend. Celek even leaped over Ravens safety Ed Reed on a 24-yard catch-and-run in thethird quarter that sparked the Eagles 24-23 comeback victory. In theNew England Patriots, the Ravens will face Ron Gronkowski, a 6-6 tight end whoset NFL records at his position with 90 catches for 1,327 yards last season. Hecomes into this game with 135 yards on 12 catches. Does thatmean Gronkowski will play pitch-and-catch with quarterback Tom Brady, who is amore stationary than Eagles quarterback Michael Vick?
Youredealing with two totally different offenses. Youre dealing with two totallydifferent quarterbacks, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said. This week is aboutreally focusing on Brady, kind of getting him off his spot because of you lethim sit in the pocket its like a seven-on-seven (skeleton drill) for them.Brady's othertight end, Aaron Hernandez, wont play for New England because of an ankleinjury. The Patriots will add Kellen Winslow Jr., who caught 75 passes for 763yards with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, to the roster this week. The Ravens don't anticipate much changing as a result.
Kellenwas in a similar offense in Tampa Bay with (ex-offensive line coach) PeteMangurian, so he understands what they are doing, Ravens coach John Harbaughsaid. Theres no reason that he cant plug right in there and play.DidPatriots coach Bill Belichick see anything he could exploit with the Ravens,who no longer have linebackers Jarret Johnson (free agency) or Terrell Suggs (Achilles)? Their coverage on Celek was sub-par, allowing him to roam free.
Eachgame is different," Belichick said. "Every game has its own matchup, own dynamic, so we well justhave to see how it unfolds."

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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