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Do the Ravens have enough depth at cornerback?

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Do the Ravens have enough depth at cornerback?

Do the Ravens have enough depth at cornerback?

That question was supposed to be answered during the offseason, as the Ravens made moves designed to strengthen that position. However, despite signing Kyle Arrington and drafting Tray Walker, the Ravens have just five cornerbacks on their current 53-man roster – starters Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb, backed up by Rashaan Melvin, Arrington and Walker. Two cornerbacks who had a chance to make the team were cut Saturday – Asa Jackson and Quinton Pointer.

Here are some potential problems with that heading into the Week 1 opener against Peyton Manning and the Broncos:

- Webb is coming off another injury-plagued preseason.

Webb had a hamstring issue, missed a lot of practice time, and didn’t get game reps. Expecting Webb to be in mid-season form Sunday is asking a lot. Smith will be playing his first regular season game in almost 11 months.

- Smith was playing the best football of his career, before an Oct. 26 foot injury that led to Lisfranc surgery. Even if Smith is 100 percent, no amount of practice and preseason reps can duplicate the stops and starts Smith will be making Sunday. It may take time for Smith to perform at the standard he set last season.

- Walker doesn’t look ready for prime time yet.

Walker has ability, which is why the Ravens drafted him in the fourth round. But he looked tentative during the preseason, and clearly could be overmatched covering top receivers like Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders of the Broncos. If Walker isn’t ready to play much, it hurts the Ravens’ cornerback depth even more.

It would not be surprising to see general manager Ozzie Newsome make a move to add cornerback depth. And the Ravens expect their secondary to be improved overall, helped by the new starting safety tandem of Will Hill and Kendrick Lewis.

However, the Ravens could still be a Smith injury away from looking suddenly thin at corner. Good cornerbacks are not easy to find. Starting Sunday against Manning, the Ravens’ corners will be put to the test.

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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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