Here’s a matchup to watch closely Saturday night (7:30) when the Ravens host the Redskins - the Ravens' pass rush vs. the Redskins’ offensive line.
Defensive tackle Brandon Williams is probably the strongest player on the Ravens. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is the Ravens' quickest defensive lineman. That could spell bad news for Redskins rookie guard Brandon Scherff, who has been overpowered and overwhelmed in his first two preseason games.
Williams had a quarterback hit on Sam Bradford last week that left the Eagles’ quarterback in obvious pain, though he shook it off and stayed in the game. Terrell Suggs’ hit on Bradford drew far more attention. But you can bet Bradford has no desire to be hit by Williams again.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been ruled out of Saturday night’s game, but the Redskins don’t want Kirk Cousins or Colt McCoy getting pounded by the Ravens either. Griffin was hit six times of the eight times he dropped back to pass against the Lions last week. That’s too high a ratio to keep a quarterback healthy.
The third preseason game is usually a key dress rehearsal for starters, so expect Williams and Jernigan to play a lot. Expect to see plenty of Suggs and linebacker Elvis Dumervil coming off the edge, looking to hit the Redskins' quarterbacks. We’ll see if Scherff and the rest of the Redskins’ offensive line can meet the challenge.
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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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