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Kick return job still up in the air


Kick return job still up in the air

The Ravens kick return job remains very much up in the air after one preseason game that accomplished little in terms of evaluating candidates.

The Ravens are looking to find the heir to Jacoby Jones, but they could only watch as the Saints booted six kickoffs, all of which went for touchbacks. (Actually, DeAndre Carter attempted one return from 9 yards deep, but he bobbled and fumbled the return, then recovered in the end zone and took a knee for a touchback.)

Ravens special teams coach Jerry Rosburg made sure Justin Tucker did not kick touchbacks in order to evaluate the kickoff coverage units, and he was probably seething that the Saints didn't do the same. The Saints presumably have their own kickoff coverage unit to evaluate, so kicking all touchbacks in a preseason game seems puzzling to say the least.

"It’s hard to control the other team’s kicker," Rosburg said after practice on Monday. "So, we just do the best we can with it. We practice hard, we practice competitively, and we’ll evaluate that."

Asa Jackson had the first shot as the Ravens return man on both kickoffs and punt returns, and he averaged 8.5 yards on two punt returns. But he left with a knee injury, leaving his role -- and perhaps his roster spot -- very much in question. Michael Campanaro and Carter both also lined up with the return unit, and Campanaro had one 10-yard punt return.

"“I thought both (Asa) and Michael did what we asked them to do on the (punt) return ... get the ball north and get positive yards," Rosburg said.

Auditions will continue this week when the team holds joint practices with the Eagles.

"I think the opportunity to practice against Philadelphia will be very productive, as well," Rosburg said. "We’ll have opportunities to return balls in practice against them, even if we don’t have that chance in the game. We hope we get opportunities in the game, as well.”


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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.


“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.