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Browns grab Gordon in supplemental draft

The Browns continued overhauling their offense on Thursday when they grabbed former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of the supplemental draft.

Gordon, a 6-foot-4 receiver who left Baylor after failing a marijuana test, caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010. He transferred to Utah after leaving Baylor, but then decided to enter the supplemental draft rather than play at Utah.

Gordon, who was touted by, among others, his former quarterback Robert Griffin III , was considered the best of the eight players available in Thursdays supplemental draft. He was projected as anywhere from a second- to a fourth-round pick, but the Browns made another statement that they mean business about jump-starting an offense that ranked 29th in total offense and 30th in scoring last season.

The selection of Gordon comes after the Browns picked up running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round of the April draft.

They are young, but we think we have gotten a lot better on offense in one draft, now you add Josh in the mix too, Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said. We knew this was going to be a process but we think we have gotten a lot better just in the last few months.

Supplemental picks have rarely proved to be top-of-the-depth-chart talent, but the Browns front office clearly thinks Gordon can be an exception.

He is a guy that can come in here and be an eventual starter for us and make plays for us, Browns general manager Tom Heckert said I think anytime you draft a guy there is always some risk involved, but we think we got a good football player.

Most years there is not a player of Joshs caliber in the supplemental draft, so you dont hear about it very much, Heckert added. We are getting a really good football player and we are getting him a year early. I think next year we will be sitting there going, Wow, if he plays like we think he is going to play this year, I think it will obviously be a good decision.

The Ravens, who have made a supplemental draft pick just once (Jared Gaither in the fifth round in 2007) again sat out this one. They reportedly showed interest in linebacker Larry Lumpkin, but chose not to effectively use a 2013 draft pick on the former Alabama A&M linebacker. In fact, Gordon was the only player taken in the supplemental draft.

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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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