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Jackson still first to return kicks but job still open

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Jackson still first to return kicks but job still open

OWINGS MILLS – Asa Jackson will begin Saturday night’s game against the Redskins as the No. 1 kickoff and punt returner, according to Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg. However, Rosburg admitted he was still searching for someone to win the job.

“It’s a work in progress,” Rosburg said following Tuesday’s practice. “We’re working a lot of different guys in practice. We have to come to some decisions soon, because it’s going to happen quickly.”

Jackson, Michael Campanaro, Tom Nelson, and DeAndre Carter are all candidates for the return job, not to mention veterans Steve Smith and Lardarius Webb, who may return punts in special situations. However Campanaro missed his second straight practice Tuesday with a soft tissue issue, leaving his status uncertain for Saturday.

However, Rosburg is not getting much help from the opposition in his quest to find a kickoff returner. The Ravens had six touchbacks against the Saints in the preseason opener, and five touchbacks against the Eagles on Saturday. Jackson has two kickoff returns in the preseason, while Nelson and Carter have one each. But Rosburg was disappointed the Saints and Eagles often kicked the ball deep in the end zone.

“It makes no sense to me,” Rosburg said following Tuesday’s practice. “These young men, they come to your camp and try to make a team, and you kick it out of the end zone and they don’t show what they can do. It’s not fair to the players, in my view. That’s why we kick it to the goal line. Let the guys who came here try to make a National Football League team.”

The Ravens’ returners hope they get a chance to impress Rosburg on Saturday.

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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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