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Harbaugh: Young CBs will get a chance

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Harbaugh: Young CBs will get a chance

Just two days after the Ravens secondary was torched for five touchdowns by Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, the Ravens made one roster move in the secondary, and coach John Harbaugh suggested others could be coming.

Cornerback Jumal Rolle, who was signed by the Ravens last month after being released by Houston, was promoted from the practice squad on Tuesday.

Harbaugh acknowledged on Monday that Lardarius Webb, who was beaten badly on two touchdowns on Sunday, has struggled as an outside cornerback and is better suited to safety or as inside nickel back.

The Ravens have gotten some decent play from Shareece Wright as an outside cornerback, but Harbaugh said, “We have some young guys that we can put outside. So, we’re going to pull the trigger, put those guys outside, let Webby go in there where he belongs – let him play the nickel, let him play free safety.”

In addition to Rolle, Harbaugh said practice squad cornerback Sheldon Price “is going to step up and get a chance,” although he has not yet been promoted from the practice squad. Little-used rookie fourth-round cornerback Tray Walker also could get a look.

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Secondary play has been a chronic problem this season for the Ravens. They rank last in the league with four interceptions and have the league's 21st-ranked pass defense.

Rolle, 25, was originally signed by the Bills as an undrafted rookie in 2013, then bounced around on practice squads of the Bills, Saints and Packers before finding a home with the Texans. He played in 18 games over the past two years for the Texans and had three interceptions last season.

Price has been with the Ravens practice squad since October. He spent the previous two seasons with the Colts, mainly on their practice squad, after signing as an undrafted rookie out of UCLA.

Walker should be in line for a longer look as well, though Harbaugh said the rookie from Texas Southern “has a lot to learn. He’s coming from a very small school. He’s very green, very raw, technique-wise and football knowledge-wise.”

Walker was seen as a project all along, and it appears increasingly clear that the Ravens reached to take him in the fourth round. Despite a multitude of problems in the secondary, Walker has not shown enough to compete for playing time to this point; he has been a game-day inactive in three of the past four games, and has seen action on defense in just one game, against Cleveland in Week 5, when a rash of injuries pressed Walker into action for eight snaps.

But over the final three games, Walker, along with Rolle and perhaps Price if he’s promoted to the 53-man roster, should have a good chance to show what they can do.

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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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