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Less weight? No problem

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Less weight? No problem

Ray Lewis and Jameel McClain caught a lot of attention at the start of camp but both coming in noticeably lighter. Theyve gotten smaller, but the Ravens still think theyre doing better and arent worried.
Lewis was much lighter he wouldnt say exactly what he weighed when talking to the media last week and McClain also came in smaller, but linebackers coach Ted Monachino said they look the same to him on the field.
I know one thing, Monachino said. I dont see their style of play changing at all. I dont see either one of them hanging on their shorts. I know they are in tremendous shape, because they are great pros. They love ball. They love to compete, and theyre going to compete from snap to whistle from the bottom of their shoes to the top of their headgear every snap.
Lewis talked about being lighter helps out as you get older, and both he and McClain just want to be strong players and forces on defense.
In addition, Lewis spoke on how passing has become more of a force in the NFL, and that means that defenses will be busier covering players going out for those throws.
Players often make adjustments and changes from season to season, and dropping the weight was how these two guys got ready for 2012. The Ravens are going to depend on Lewis and McClain on defense this season, especially with the loss of Terrell Suggs, and theyll sure be able to run some more if needed.
I think if it makes the player feel better, a lot of us will say its not really important what you weigh, Monachino said. Its important how you play, and I havent seen any drop-off in their play. So, Im not really concerned about their weight.

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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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