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Cameron jazzes up play calls


Cameron jazzes up play calls

After the Ravens went deep for a 52-yard pass on their first play from scrimmage, they continued to sprinkle in some unpredictability with reverses.

That came on the Ravens' second series, and it almost led to a fumble as Anquan Boldin botched the handoff to Jacoby Jones.

The result: A 10-yard loss.

While all the talk surrounding the Ravens' 44-13 win vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in the opener was about the hurry-up offense, overlooked was that they took a lot of chances.

Later in that same drive, there was a fourth-and-1 at the Bengals' end of the field and the Ravens didn't hesitate to go for it. They got it, barely, in a surprising pass play to running back Ray Rice as he made a difficult catch falling down.

The Ravens, determined not to settle for another field goal like they had on the first drive after Torrey's Smith big catch, scored a touchdown as Rice ran into the end zone from seven yards out.

It was very un-Ravens like. They used the pass to set up the run, and the reverses to confound the opposing defense.

"I've never been a gimmick guy," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said Thursday about the end-around plays. "I've never been a trickery guy. It's all been strategic. We are just looking for strategic ways to get guys the football in space, to complement our running game, to tie things together.

"The ability to either give it to him or not give it to him, and then have the ability to be able run off of those looks, and throw off those looks, it's strictly just what we do. Sometimes defenses can take a guy away in the passing game, but sometimes you just have to hand it to him and let him do his thing."

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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.