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Ex-Ravens WR thinks Titans should sign Rice

Former Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason thinks the Titans should sign Ray Rice. Mason and Rice were once teammates with the Ravens, and Rice has been waiting for a chance to resume his career, after the domestic violence incident that led to his suspension and release.

The Titans have already gambled recently on one player with a troubled past. They drafted wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham in the second round, after he allegedly pushed a woman down a flight of stairs while at Missouri. No charges were filed against Green-Beckham, but he was dismissed from the team.  

Speaking on ESPN 1025 The Game in Nashville, Mason said he believed the Titans’ investigation into Green-Beckham’s background made them better prepared to sign Rice.

“You took a chance on DGB, his past,” Mason said. “You talked to enough people, you vetted the whole situation, and you talked to enough people that made you feel comfortable enough to draft him with your second-round pick.

“Why can’t it be that way with Ray Rice? I guarantee you anybody that you talk to that is affiliated, that has been around Ray Rice, had time to spend with Ray Rice, will tell you this guy would be great for your locker room. Yes, what he did was horrible. We understand that. But he’s learned his lesson. He was out of football. This guy is fresh, hasn’t played in a year. Up until last year, the year before that, this was a 1,200-yard back that gave you 55 to 60 catches…That is instant impact for a team that is in flux at the running back position.”

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Coming off a 2-14 season, the Titans aren’t scaring anyone at running back with Bishop Sankey, Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster, and David Cobb on their roster.  But would Rice be an upgrade at age 28?  He missed the entire 2014 season, and in 2013, Rice had a disappointing year (660 yards, 3.1 yards per carry) playing on an injured hip.

Mason believes Rice still has plenty left, and that it’s worth it for the Titans to deal with the criticism that would accompany signing Rice.

“Deal with the PR that’s going to happen for the first two weeks,” said Mason, who also played for the Titans. “But then after that, once the season is settled down, once he proves that he can be a model player within the locker room, and more importantly in the community, all of that other stuff around here would dissipate. Once he started producing on the field, once he shows you in camp that he still has it, then everything else would kind of fall off.

“Your diehard fans that come there every week that have saw a lousy team over the last three or four years, they will come out and they will see a Ray Rice that is putting up numbers. You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain.”

 Here’s the link for the interview with Mason.

Mason is willing to give Rice a second chance. But will the Titans, or any other NFL team? That remains to be seen.

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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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