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Five reasons why Arrington makes sense for Ravens

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Five reasons why Arrington makes sense for Ravens

Here are five reasons why the Ravens acted quickly to sign cornerback Kyle Arrington on Wednesday, just two days after the Patriots released him

1. The Ravens can’t begin another season thin at the cornerback position.

If anything happens to Jimmy Smith or Lardarius Webb, the Ravens don’t want to be as vulnerable as they were in 2014. Asa Jackson, Anthony Levine, Rashaan Melvin, and Tray Walker will also battle for the nickel cornerback spot. But none of them have the NFL resume that Arrington has.

2.  It’s hard to have too many quality corners in the NFL.

With teams throwing so much, and using multiple receiver formations, it’s often necessary to have three corners on the field. Quarterbacks will find the weak link if there is one. But if Smith, Webb, and Arrington can all stay healthy, the Ravens may not have a weak link.

3. Arrington comes from a winning organization.

In six seasons with the Patriots, Arrington played in Super Bowls and playoffs games. Joining a team a team that practices hard and carries high expectations like the Ravens won’t faze him.

4. Quality cornerbacks are rarely available.

The Ravens signed Arrington just two days after the Patriots cut him. If a cornerback can play, he doesn’t stay on the market long. The Ravens needed to act quickly, and they did.

5. Arrington is durable.

He has only missed two games the past five seasons. Even if Smith and Webb do not stay healthy, history suggests that Arrington will.

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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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