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Expect Flacco to continue targeting Gillmore

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Expect Flacco to continue targeting Gillmore

After his breakout performance on Sunday, expect tight end Crockett Gillmore to continue being one of Joe Flacco’s most frequent targets. Flacco loves throwing to tight ends, and 6-6, 270 pounds, Gillmore is a load to bring down once he catches the football.

“I always thought I was an all-around tight end,” Gillmore said. “There were some other people that didn’t know.”

Now fantasy football players also know, which will make Gillmore a popular pickup among players this week. Gillmore caught five passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, and his nine-yard touchdown grab was a display of sheer power. After making the catch, Gillmore steamrolled through the grasp of three Raiders on his way to the end zone.

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“Crockett is big for us down in the red zone,” said Flacco. “We give him the ball and let them try to tackle him. Obviously they’re having a tough time tackling him now, so he’s going to be a big red zone target.”

Gillmore’s improvement as a receiver is obvious, after catching just 10 passes as a rookie last season. After winning the starting job over second-round pick Maxx Williams during training camp, Gillmore is taking advantage of his increased playing time. The Ravens Gillmore’s strong play continues Sunday against the Bengals. At 0-2, the Ravens need help from anywhere it comes.

 

 

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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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