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Every catch counts for Doss

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Every catch counts for Doss

Tandon Doss only has two catches in two seasons for the Ravens, but he could blossom into much more.

In the 23-16 win vs. the Cleveland Browns last week, Doss had one catch but it made a subtle impact.

He snagged a 39-yard pass from Joe Flacco to start the second quarter which led to an eventual 18-yard touchdown toss to Torrey Smith.

The Ravens took a 6-0 lead, missing the extra point because of a bad snap.

But the drive underscored the type of role Doss can fill in a hurry-up offense that still can be one-dimensional at times as Flacco throws primarily to Smith and tight end Dennis Pitta.

Doss, in his second season with the Ravens, didn't have a catch in 2011. He missed a few weeks of training camp this season and will have few chances to make an impression as the receiving ranks are deep with Anquan Boldin and Jacoby Jones also getting Flacco's attention.

By giving Flacco a viable option, Doss can make an already difficult to contain offense that much more efficient when he gets into the game.

"I just think the world of Tandon. He is really going to be a good player. It was good to see him break out a little bit," coach John Harbaugh said. "He is going to be a threat and a factor for the rest of the season. People are going to have to keep a close eye on him."

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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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