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Eagles safety Jenkins understands Suggs' thinking

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Eagles safety Jenkins understands Suggs' thinking

Some Eagles are willing to admit they understand why Terrell Suggs hit Sam Bradford on Saturday night, even if they don’t like anyone hitting Bradford low. One of those Eagles is safety Malcolm Jenkins. He told Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly.com that hitting the quarterback is one way the defense discourages teams from running read-option plays.

“If I take myself out of a Eagles uniform, I’d probably do the same thing (as Suggs),” Jenkins said. “As a defender, my way of scaring you out of that run concept is hit your quarterback.”

Eagles coach Chip Kelly insisted Monday that the Bradford-Suggs play wasn’t a read-option, when Bradford was in the shotgun and handed off to Darren Sproles

However, Jenkins disagreed.

“It is a zone-read run,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins didn’t back down when told that Kelly said it wasn’t a read-option play.

“Of course, according to the head coach," Jenkins said.

“I’m just saying as a defender, if I was game-planning for the Eagles, I probably wouldn’t go low for the quarterback, but that’s where there’s a little bit of discretion from a player’s standpoint of where you hit somebody. But if somebody’s running a zone-read and I want to scare them out of it, I’m gonna hit the quarterback.”

So while Kelly may not admit it, Suggs may have given the Eagles’ coach food for thought as to how much he wants to risk Bradford being hit on running plays.

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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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