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Five takeaways from Ravens roster cuts

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Five takeaways from Ravens roster cuts

The Ravens trimmed their roster to 53 players Saturday by releasing among others: cornerback Asa Jackson, wide receiver Jeremy Butler, and a fifth-round draft pick this year, offensive lineman Robert Myers.

Here is the complete list of players that were cut

Here are my five takeaways:

1. The Ravens may add a running back before they visit the Broncos in Week 1. 

They only have two healthy ones at the moment – Justin Forsett and Buck Allen, with Lorenzo Taliaferro dealing with a knee injury. If Taliaferro misses a few games, expect the Ravens either to sign a veteran running back, or to activate either Terrence Magee or Fitz Toussaint if either makes it to the practice squad.

2.  Defensive end Brent Urban is a candidate for injured list – designated to return. 

Urban (torn biceps) cannot be placed on IR-designated-to-return until Sunday. Once placed on that list, Urban can return later in the season if he’s ready, and will no longer count against the 53-man roster. That will create room for a running back. 

3. Cutting Myers was a mild surprise. 

The Ravens rarely cut draft picks as rookies. However, Myers didn’t look good during practices and games, and the Ravens decided to keep just eight offensive linemen – starters Eugene Monroe, Kelechi Osemele, Jeremy Zuttah, Marshal Yanda, and Rick Wagner, and backups John Urschel, James Hurst, and Ryan Jensen. Jah Reid struggled late in the preseason, and it cost him.

4. Being valuable on special teams is important. 

Safeties Brynden Trawick and Anthony Levine are solid special teams players, which makes them very valuable despite being behind starters Will Hill and Kendrick Lewis on the depth chart.

5.  DE Kapron Lewis-Moore making the team is a cool story.

Lewis Moore missed his rookie season in 2013 with a knee injury, then missed last season with a torn Achilles. Yet, he preserved and locked up a roster spot with strong performances during the preseason. Lewis-Moore had to be smiling Saturday night.

RELATED: Cornerback, wide receiver among Ravens' five cuts

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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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