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Five takeaways from Ravens rookie minicamp

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Five takeaways from Ravens rookie minicamp

OWINGS MILLS - Five takeaways from Ravens rookie minicamp that ended Saturday:

1. The Ravens escaped with just one serious injury.

It was disappointing that undrafted rookie cornerback Julian Wilson from Oklahoma suffered a broken leg Friday that will end his season. The Ravens wanted to take a longer look at Wilson at a position where they have need. However, all of the Ravens’ draft picks escaped injury. That made them more fortunate than the Jaguars, who lost top pick Dante Fowler (No. 3 overall) to a season-ending knee injury Friday.

2. An undrafted rookie could find a niche as a returner

With Jacoby Jones now with the Chargers, the Ravens are searching for a reliable returner. “Coach (Jerry) Rosburg had about seven guys out there catching punts,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh. “A few of them looked good enough to catch it at this level. I think that’s a foot in the door for some of these young guys.”

3. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman looked solid catching passes.

Perriman’s hands were the only knock on him after the Ravens drafted him with the 26th pick. However, he made several nice catches on Saturday during the only practice that was open to reporters. I only saw one drop, and Perriman’s speed was obvious. He carried himself like a first-round pick.

4. The Ravens’ coaches like the pass-catching ability of running back Buck Allen.

“We’ve seen Buck catch passes, we’ve seen Buck pass protect, so we know he can do it,” Harbaugh said. “He’s done it out here for three practices and looks very smooth doing it.”

5. The first impression of the Ravens’ rookie class was positive.

“We haven’t had any surprises,” Harbaugh said. “We haven’t had anybody that’s been disappointing. That’s a credit probably to our process.

“Everybody finished. Everybody went fast the whole process. It was tough. But these guys came in shape. You can tell they really like football.”

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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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