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Five unanswered questions for Ravens after draft

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Five unanswered questions for Ravens after draft

In the opinion of most, including myself, the Ravens had an excellent draft. However, here are five questions left unanswered for them 

1. Is cornerback depth still an issue?

The Ravens only took one corner, fourth-rounder Tray Walker from Texas Southern. Unless Walker develops quickly, the Ravens could still be in trouble at corner if starters Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb don’t stay healthy.

2. Do the Ravens’ draft moves mean they don’t expect Dennis Pitta to return?

Jumping to that conclusion isn’t difficult. The Ravens drafted two tight ends – Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle, after drafting Crockett Gillmore last season. Everyone wishes Pitta the best, as he tries to recover from his second major hip injury. However, it’s clear the Ravens are not counting on a Pitta comeback, as they await his decision sometime before training camp.

3. Can the Ravens still get enough pressure on opposing quarterbacks?

Fourth-round pick Za’Darius Smith had 10½ sacks over his final two seasons at Kentucky. However, it’s asking a lot for Smith to be as good last season as Pernell McPhee, who had 7½ sacks before leaving in free agency for the Bears. If Smith is not an impact rookie, Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs are going to need help from others to make the pass rush as good as last season’s 

4. How does new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman plan to use the playmakers?

Drafting six offensive players, including Williams and wide receiver Breshad Perriman, gave Trestman reason to smile. Trestman ran an impressive offense when he was the Bears’ head coach. He got prolific production from wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, running back Matt Forte, and tight end Martellus Bennett, despite Jay Cutler’s inconsistency at quarterback. We will get a better idea of what Trestman has planned once training camp and the preseason are underway. However, quarterback Joe Flacco and Trestman certainly have more to work with than they did last week.

5. Did the Ravens gain ground in the AFC North?

The Steelers and Bengals also had strong drafts on paper. Who’s the favorite to win the division after the draft? You could make a solid argument for the Ravens, Steelers or Bengals. Looks like another wild season in the AFC North.

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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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