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Forsett to play larger role in Ravens offense down the stretch


Forsett to play larger role in Ravens offense down the stretch

Justin Forsett got some rest during the bye, and that’s a good thing. With Steve Smith (torn Achilles) done for the season, expect Forsett to become an even larger piece of the Ravens’ offense.

The focus has been on which wide receiver will step up in Smith’s absence. However, Forsett has more catches this season than any Raven except Smith, who was injured after making his 46th catch:

RB - Forsett  - 27 catches

WR - Kamar Aiken – 25

TE - Crockett Gillmore – 20

FB - Kyle Juszczyk – 18

WR - Marlon Brown – 13

Forsett has the best hands of any Ravens running back, so his role as a receiver out of the backfield may expand. That’s something Forsett would embrace.

“I want to get my hands on the ball anytime I get a chance,” Forsett said. “So if that’s the case, and it’s all good.”

With Smith gone, Forsett may also get more carries, particularly if the Ravens can avoid falling behind.  Coach John Harbaugh talked about the importance of the Ravens running the football better in the second half of the season. The Ravens rank just 22nd in the NFL in rushing, averaging 99.2 yards per game.

“We can run the ball better, more effectively – yards per carry, yards per game,” Harbaugh said. “People have determined that it is important to stop the run against us, and they’ve committed a lot of resources to doing that defensively, and we have to counterpunch that.”

The Ravens will have to walk a line between using Forsett, and overusing him. But there is little doubt Forsett will be a busy man these next eight weeks.

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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.