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Doss plays waiting game

For Ravens receiver Tandon Doss, waiting is the hardest part.

Doss describes himself as "the most impatient guy," so he admits that waiting for his chance to emerge as an NFL receiver has been tough. He takes some consolation, though, in the fact that he is learning the nuances of his position from "one of the best ever" in veteran Anquan Boldin.

Doss, the Ravens fourth-round draft pick out of Indiana in 2011, struggled to get on the field as a rookie. He appeared in six games last season, mainly on special teams, and did not have any receptions.

Doss started slowly this season after being hobbled in training camp by a hamstring injury. As the Ravens' No. 4 receiver, he has five catches for 95 yards and scored his first NFL touchdown on a 15-yard catch at Houston.

Coaches have said Doss might have the best hands on the team, and he is widely viewed as the heir apparent to Boldin, 32, at slot receiver. But when you play behind one of the toughest receivers around, there isn't much chance to be the next man up.

Doss said that waiting for his chance has been "on my mind heavy, but I cannot complain at all. I'm blessed to be in this position, and I'm learning from one of the best ever in Anquan Boldin."

"Watching him each and every play, to see what he does as he releases, how he just reads the defense, it's been amazing to sit back and watch him," Doss said.

Boldin, Doss said, physically is "a monster."

That was on full display at San Diego, when Boldin caught a pass, turned upfield and drove his shoulder into Chargers safety Atari Bigby, sending the 211-pound safety literally flying toward the sideline. It was also Boldin who delivered the key block on safety Eric Weddle near the end of Ray Rice's epic fourth-and-29 scamper.

"I love watching him play," Doss said of his mentor. "He's respected all around the league for how physical he is. Everything I'm learning now is from him."

Doss set the Indiana record for kickoff return yardage in a season in 2010 and has served as a return specialist in a limited role with the Ravens. Doss has averaged 4.3 yards on three punt returns filling in for Jacoby Jones and had a 32-yard return called back by penalty against Oakland.

"I'm here to play receiver, but wherever they need me right now I'm willing to fill in, whether it's receiving, special teams, returns, whatever," Doss said. "(I'm) just looking to fill in, and when my name's called make plays for them. "

 

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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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