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Former Giant among wide receivers to work out for Ravens


Former Giant among wide receivers to work out for Ravens

Former Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is among the wide receivers that will work out this week for the Ravens, according to Ed Werder of ESPN, and confirmed by CSNmidatlantic.com. 

The Ravens will use their bye week to seek help at the position, with Steve Smith becoming the latest Ravens receiver to suffer a season-ending injury. Michael Campanaro and Darren Waller are also done for the year, and there is no indication that first-round pick Breshad Perriman is close to returning from a knee injury that has kept him out all season.

The trade deadline is today (Nov. 3), and even if the Ravens don’t swing a deal, they need more depth at the position. Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, Jeremy Butler, Chris Givens and Jeremy Ross are the healthy receivers on the 53-man roster. Daniel Brown is a wide receiver on the practice squad.

“I wouldn’t rule out that we would bring another receiver in from somewhere,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “Obviously, we’re looking really hard right now to figure out what we’re going to do.”

Nicks is only 27 years old, but there is no guarantee the Ravens will sign him. He has reportedly worked out for four teams this season that have not signed him -- Cowboys, Giants, Patriots, and Saints.

Nicks has not been nearly as productive in recent seasons as he was in 2010 and 2011, when he had back-to-back 1000-yard years. He was a disappointment last season with Colts when he had just 38 catches for 405 yards in 16 games. Foot and knee injuries have bothered Nicks in recent years.

However, at this point, the Ravens must look for wide receiver help wherever they can find it. Nicks will try to convince the Ravens he can help them in the second half of the season.

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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.


“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.