More veterans are skipping the Ravens second week of voluntary OTA practices this week at Owings Mills.
But theres one new face.
Aside from Ray Rice, Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed, who also sat out last weeks workouts, this weeks absentee list includes starters Anquan Boldin, Bryant McKinnie, Bernard Pollard and Vonta Leach (all of whom were present last week) as well as second-year players Pernell McPhee, Jimmy Smith and Jah Reid (whose absence is surprising given that theyre competing for jobs.)
The new face is Justin Tucker, the rookie kicker from Texas, who signed with the Ravens earlier this week after impressing the front office at the teams rookie minicamp several weeks ago.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tucker would stick around and compete with veteran Billy Cundiff for the teams place-kicking job throughout training camp and the exhibition season.
Thats our plan, Harbaugh said. Yeah, (Tucker) has done nothing to make us think that he cant handle that competition. There is always competition. Billy obviously has the edge. But everybody is fighting for their job.
The fact that Tucker went undrafted doesnt automatically mean Cundiff will beat him out. Cundiff also wasnt drafted and has gone on to a long NFL career. Many top kickers enter the league as free agents.
Tucker and Cundiff split the field goal duties during the practice session open the media Wednesday. (Neither appeared to miss.) After converting 40 of 48 field-goal attempts in college, Tucker said he is excited for the opportunity.
I look forward to it, coming in and competing against a guy thats had success in the league, Tucker said. Itll be a challenge, but it will be fun.
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.”
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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