OWINGS MILLS – Michael Campanaro (quadriceps) and Aldrick Robinson (knee) have already suffered injuries this offseason and will be out until training camp. That has meant more practice reps for other wide receivers, and they have taken advantage.
Kamar Aiken, Jeremy Butler, and rookie Darren Waller all looked good during Wednesday’s OTA session – catching passes and running crisp routes. With the exception of Steve Smith, none of the Ravens’ wide receivers can count on guaranteed playing time. Aiken was considered a long shot to make the team last year, but he carved out a niche for himself, playing all 16 games and finishing with 24 catches and three touchdowns.
That’s what coach John Harbaugh is looking for – players who demand playing time with their performance. Staying healthy is the only way to do that.
“It’s going to be very competitive at wide receiver, so you’re going to have guys that are going to have nicks and things like that,” Harbaugh said. “One day to the next, different guys are going to get reps and throws, and that’s really what determines who moves on. Who can do it and who can do it the next day, the day after that over the long haul? We’ll find out who those guys are.”
It will be interesting to see which wide receivers seize the opportunity. The door is open for first-round pick Breshad Perriman and third-year receiver Marlon Brown to join Smith as Joe Flacco’s primary targets. However, Harbaugh’s view has always been consistent. Playing time will be earned, not given.
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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.”
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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