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How Mallett plans to be more humble, mature with Ravens

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How Mallett plans to be more humble, mature with Ravens

OWINGS MILLS – The Texans became so frustrated with Ryan Mallett’s behavior that they cut him. Mallet says he understands, and will bring a different attitude to the Ravens.

“It’s been a tough road, but it’s part of life,” Mallet said Wednesday, after his first practice with the Ravens. “I’ve grown up a lot. I acted immaturely some games in Houston. There was reasons for that, but it’s not going to be discussed right now… The best thing probably was for me to get cut.  I’ve learned a lot from it. It cut me down. A piece of humble pie but it digested real quickly. I’m just here to try and be a good teammate and contribute any way I can for the Ravens.”

The newly-acquired quarterback is with his third NFL team, but the Ravens believe they can tap into the talent that makes Mallett an intriguing prospect. Mallett has a strong arm, size (6-foot-6), and he is still only 27 years old. With the Ravens searching for a reliable backup quarterback behind Joe Flacco next season, Mallett is now in the mix in Baltimore, trying to resurrect his career.

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With the Texans earlier this season, Mallett became a distraction. He missed a meeting the day after being informed he had lost his battle with Brian Hoyer for the starting job.  Then he missed a team flight to Miami, and he was cut the day after that game.

Instead of seizing a chance to be a starter in Houston, Mallet squandered it. Yet, he is not ready to be labeled a disappointment.

“I’m not disappointed,” Mallet said. “I’m still in the NFL, living a dream. I got a lot to prove, and a lot to get better at.” 

The Ravens have given Mallett another chance to do that.

“It’s a great organization,” Mallett said. “There’s a good staff here, good ownership, good leadership on this team.  I had a few options. I chose to come here, regardless of situations other places, because of that.”

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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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