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Flacco is already a fan of Ravens draft selections

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Flacco is already a fan of Ravens draft selections

OWINGS MILLS - Joe Flacco already likes this draft. No matter what the Ravens do on Day 3, the Ravens’ starting quarterback has more weapons. The Ravens went offense with their first two picks, drafting wide receiver Breshad Perriman in the first round, and tight end Maxx Williams in the second round.

It was the first time since 2008 that the Ravens used their first two picks on offensive players. That year, the Ravens took Flacco in the first round, followed by running back Ray Rice in the second round.

When Flacco was reached by telephone Friday night, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said his starting quarterback was ecstatic.

“He was fired up,” Harbaugh said. “He was really excited when he found out who we got, and with both picks, he realizes that he has some guys that he can throw to.”

Suddenly, the Ravens’ offense looks more diverse that it did two days ago. With Perriman, they have a deep threat whose speed must be respected by defenses. With Williams, they have a tight end that can cause matchup problems.

“He has great hands, and he gets open,” said Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta of Williams. “Reminds us a little bit of Owen Daniels and Dennis Pitta and guys like that who we’ve had. We have a history with certain guys, and we saw a lot of the same qualities. He’s going to be an outstanding third-down receiver.”

All of that sounds good to Flacco.

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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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