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Kruger embraces chance to be a game-changer


Kruger embraces chance to be a game-changer

The first unit for the Ravens has only scored one touchdown in two preseason games, and that area has been a glaring deficiency with the offense.
Coach John Harbaugh pointed out the lack of big plays in a 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions on Friday when the Ravens failed to register a touchdown in the entire game.
"The biggest thing is finishing plays, just like we thought after the game. We make a few catches here or there," Harbaugh said Sunday.
That doesn't just go for offense, which was without deep-threat receiver Torrey Smith because of an ankle injury. Linebacker Paul Kruger had a golden opportunity to undercut a throw to Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew near midfield in the first half. Had he caught it cleanly, Kruger might've gone the distance and changed the outcome with that one play.
Without 2011 Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs (Achilles), the Ravens defense really needs to find more playmakers.
"Those make all the difference in the game. We always focus on big plays and turnovers. Those opportunities don't come around often," Kruger said. "That's one of those plays I wish I could have back. ... In the season you're hopefully making those plays. I agree with what coach said. Making those plays are going to determine the outcome of our games.
"Turnovers and touchdowns. That's what it boils down to."

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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.