After Saturday’s roster cuts, the Ravens had just 23 players remaining from the team that ended last season. Obviously, new players are going to play a key role for them in 2015 Here’s a quick look at five of their most important newcomers:
Breshad Perriman, WR
He still hasn’t returned from his knee injury on the first day of camp. His impact as first-round draft pick remains a crucial X-factor. Will Perriman get healthy soon and become the team’s top deep threat? Or will his rookie season be a disappointment, and lead to an offense short on big-play capability?
Maxx Williams, TE
Williams has been wearing a red non-contact jersey in practice to protect an undisclosed injury. We’ll see how Williams is listed on the injury report this week. Looking at the big picture, Williams will play a key role as a pass-catching tight end. Starting tight end Crockett Gillmore has obviously improved as a receiver. But if Williams becomes a consistent pass-catching threat, it will make the Ravens’ two tight-end sets a matchup problem for opponents.
Carl Davis, DT
He played a ton during the preseason, and will be part of the defensive line rotation. Haloti Ngata (Lions) is gone, and Timmy Jernigan (knee) is trying to get healthy. For the Ravens’ run defense to be strong, Davis needs to have a solid rookie season.
Kendrick Lewis, S
Lewis will start at free safety, after being signed as a free agent from the Texans. He has nine career interceptions, so we know Lewis can make plays. But will he help prevent big plays, which was a problem for the Ravens’ secondary last year?
Kyle Arrington, CB
He will start the season as a nickel corner. But if starting cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith don’t stay healthy, Arrington’s role could become much greater. Cornerback play was an Achilles heel for the Ravens in 2014. Arrington will be counted on to help solve that.
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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.”
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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