PHILADELPHIA – Ravens six-foot-six rookie receiver Darren Waller impressed a lot of people in Philadelphia this week, including former Eagles receiver Mike Quick. Now a radio broadcaster with the Eagles, Quick had three 1,000-yard seasons during his nine-year career. In Waller, a sixth-round pick from Georgia Tech, Quick thinks the Ravens have a steal. He conveyed that opinion to general manager Ozzie Newsome.
“I talked to Ozzie about him,” Quick said after the Eagles-Ravens joint practice Friday. “With that body and that speed, developing the way he’s developing, the sky’s the limit. I loved watching him. He was one of the first players that I talked to Ozzie about. Ozzie said that in the two weeks of training camp, that kid has grown more than anybody on the field. Me, just seeing him for the first time, I can tell this kid has a future in this league. That kid could be a big asset.”
The Ravens will keep either six or seven wide receivers on the 53-man roster. Steve Smith, Breshad Perriman, Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, and Michael Campanaro would appear to be the top five. But whether the Ravens carry six or seven receivers Quick sees no way Waller will be let go.
“A guy like that talented, you don’t want to chance him being on your practice squad, because somebody’s going to snatch him up,” Quick said.
Waller can’t afford to rest on his laurels. But he is clearly one of the Ravens’ most pleasant surprises since the start of training camp.
MORE RAVENS: Melvin, other corners getting good work in Philly
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.
MORE RAVENS: 2018 NFL MOCK DRAFT RAVENS ROUNDUP 3.0
“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.”
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.
RELATED: OFFENSIVE FREE AGENTS RAVENS SHOULD BE TARGETING