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Five Ravens hoping to thrive with more playing time

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Five Ravens hoping to thrive with more playing time

The Ravens’ slew of injuries has dramatically changed their depth chart since Week 1. Here are five Ravens who are getting an opportunity to make a positive impression during the season’s final six weeks:

Buck Allen, RB – He’ll be the starting running back Monday night against the Browns, with Justin Forsett (broken arm) done for the season. As a rookie, Allen wants to prove he can be the successor to Forsett as the team’s lead back.

Kaelin Clay, WR – He has taken over as the team’s punt returner, and he handled three punts cleanly against the Rams in Week 11. Asa Jackson and Jeremy Ross were both cut for making too many mistakes on special teams.  The main thing the Ravens want from Clay is to avoid turnovers. Whatever return yardage he gets is gravy.

Matt Schaub, QB – Joe Flacco’s season-ending injury gives Schaub a chance to prove he can still play well enough to be either a starter, or a solid backup. He’s playing on a one-year contract, and plenty of teams need help at quarterback. These next six games are important for Schaub’s future, whether it’s in Baltimore or elsewhere.

John Urschel, C

Guard is Urschel’s natural position, but he’s the starting center with Jeremy Zuttah (torn pectoral) done for the season. The final six games will give valuable experience to Urschel, who seems destined to be a starting guard in 2016 should the Ravens lose Kelechi Osemele in free agency.

Terrence West, RB

It sounds like West will be activated Monday night, and will see some touches as Allen’s backup. West got what he wanted – signing with the Ravens and returning home to Baltimore. He has already been with three teams in two seasons. Time for the former Towson star to show he can be a consistent NFL back.

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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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