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Bubble watch: Cornerback

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Bubble watch: Cornerback

With the preseason schedule half over, the sense of urgency for those on the roster bubble is ramping up. The Ravens must trim their 90-man roster to 75 players by Aug. 27, and then the final 53-man roster must be set by Aug. 31, two days after the last preseason game in St. Louis.

Of course, many of those 53 spots are already spoken for. Coach John Harbaugh likes to say there is competition for every spot, but this just in, Joe Flacco will make this team. So will Ray Rice. And Terrell Suggs. And Marshal Yanda. In fact, 40 or so roster spots are probably already set, which leaves about 50 players fighting for roughly a dozen spots.

In this series we are taking a closer look at some of those players on the roster bubble and assessing their chances of making the team. Yesterday, it was the linebackers. Links to bubble players on offense can be found here. Today, it’s the cornerbacks.

ON THE BUBBLE: CB Marc Anthony

 Marc Anthony sweated out the final day of the draft this past spring, finally being selected by the Ravens late in the last round with the 247th pick overall. Anthony also figures to be sweating out the Ravens final cutdown day, as he rests firmly on the roster bubble.

Anthony has struggled in the two preseason games. He's made a few plays as well, but he's had coverage issues and whiffed badly on an open-field tackle in the preseason opener at Tampa Bay.

The Ravens will likely keep five or six cornerbacks, with the depth guys expected to contribute significantly on special teams. Lardarius Webb, Corey Graham, Jimmy Smith and Chykie Brown are locks to make the team. Asa Jackson faces an eight-game suspension to begin the season, which helps Anthony's chances, since Jackson will not count against the 53-man roster while suspended.

Anthony could be competing for a roster spot with Chris Johnson and undrafted rookie Moe Lee. Johnson (migraines) missed about a week of camp and did not play in the preseason opener at Atlanta. But Johnson is a 10-year veteran that the Ravens went out and signed midseason last year, then liked enough to re-sign this past offseason. Johnson, though, will turn 34 in September, and the Ravens spent this offseason trying to get younger.

The Ravens could keep six corners, but they are almost certain to keep two fullbacks in Vonta Leach and rookie Kyle Juszczyk, and that eats away one roster spot.

The Ravens are reluctant to cut their draft picks, but Anthony needs two more strong games to prove he deserves a spot. If he does squeak onto the roster, he'll be right back on the bubble when Asa Jackson's suspension ends midway through the season.

Projection: Practice squad

 

 

 

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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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