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How is Ravens' rookie class looking so far?

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How is Ravens' rookie class looking so far?

With the Ravens getting a day off Sunday, here’s a quick look at how their draft class is shaping up so far:

WR Breshad Perriman

Having missed 11 straight practices with a knee injury, it’s time to wonder how ready Perriman will be for Week 1. The Ravens are still hoping Perriman will be their primary deep threat. But the time he’s missing could slow his development.

Perriman still not at practice, no timetable for return

TE Maxx Williams

He delivered a highlight play Thursday night, barreling over a Saints defender to pick up a key first down. Williams is showing the hands and route-running ability to make some plays this season, although his blocking needs to improve.

DT Carl Davis

He got plenty of work Thursday night, and it looks like he’ll be in the defensive line rotation. A promising run-stuffer who can provide depth behind Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan.

OLB Za’Darius Smith

He had the Ravens’ only sack Thursday, and they need him to help their pass rush. However, Harbaugh also said Smith needs to stay more disciplined when rushing the quarterback, or he’ll leave running lanes open that could hurt the defense.

RB Buck Allen

Allen has shown flashes in practice, but running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was impressive Thursday night. Allen will need to step up, or Taliaferro will win the battle for backup running back behind Justin Forsett.

CB Tray Walker

Not showing enough coverage skills so far to show he should be on the field every Sunday. Has the size (6-foot-2) to be a quality corner, but this may be a development year for him.

TE Nick Boyle

Boyle has looked good in practice and had four catches Thursday. With Crockett Gillmore, Williams, and Boyle, the Ravens have depth at tight end.

G Robert Myers

He has missed time lately with a concussion. Myers will be a backup who won’t see much time unless the Ravens have injuries up front.

WR Darren Waller

His size (6-foot-6) is intriguing, although his route running needs to improve. I think Waller will make the final 53, and will be given this year to develop.

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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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