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Don't expect full-scale changes from Ravens

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Don't expect full-scale changes from Ravens

Some people are feeling that the Ravens are going to come out after the bye week with a whole different look in a lot of ways. 

That's doubtful.

If you like to bet, rolling the dice on the fact that the Ravens are going to make some kind of change is a safe one. The defense is really having problems and lost two of its key players while the offense also has some issues. So, coach John Harbaugh and his staff will certainly look at changes. 

But don't expect a major overhaul.

It's just not realistic.

The coaches are going to  have to decide how to help the injury-depleted defense be more effective, especially against the run. Is the return of Terrell Suggs enough to help the pass rush and how the team plays the pass? 

The question is how they're going to do it. Most likely, they'll adjust schemes and try players in different spots. They're still looking for the right combinations on the offensive line, and the defensive line simply hasn't come through yet. 

It's not like baseball where you can make big trades mid-season. Harbaugh's already said that the players they have is who they're going with. They just need to figure out what to do with them.

The Ravens have played very well at times, even on defense. That's why next Sunday's game is going to be very interesting to watch to see what the coaches come up with. Remember, the Ravens remain on top of the AFC North and still will be there heading into that game in Cleveland.

Teams make all kinds of changes during the season, and the Ravens know that. The fans need to understand that there likely won't be a huge overhaul. After all, it's not realistic and the team still is 5-2.

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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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