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Lewis emerging as key figure in Ravens secondary


Lewis emerging as key figure in Ravens secondary

As the Ravens await word on the severity of Matt Elam’s biceps injury, the offseason acquisition of safety Kendrick Lewis looks even more important.

Lewis is expected to start at free safety, and now Will Hill looks even more likely to start at strong safety. Elam, who opened training camp competing with Hill, will undergo an MRI on Sunday and could be lost for the season or for a significant period, according to the Baltimore Sun. Elam suffered his biceps injury during Saturday’s practice.

If Lewis and Hill emerge as the starting safety tandem, Lewis will be relied upon for leadership in the secondary. Lewis has five years of NFL experience with the Chiefs and Texans, and he has 66 career starts. Lewis signed a three-year contract with the Ravens in March – an acquisition that largely flew under the radar during free agency. However, Lewis already looks at home in the Ravens secondary, calling out coverage and directing teammates into the right position.

“He’s just very definitive,” said defensive coordinator Dean Pees of Lewis. “He’s not wishy-washy.  Boom, I make the call, we play it, I like that. That’s what you want back there. You want guys to make decisions, make the call, get everybody lined up, and let’s go. When there’s indecisiveness, especially if you see guys looking around for a call or something like that, that’s not good on defense. So, I really like the way he’s playing right now.”

The Ravens opened last season with Darian Stewart starting at free safety, but he was a disappointment and was not re-signed. Elam also struggled last season at strong safety, and Pees tried many different safety combinations, looking for a consistent duo.

Asked if he would rather rotate safeties, or have a set tandem, Pees quickly said, “I’d like to have two guys. We rotated because we had to rotate.”

With Elam injured, and second-year safety Terrence Brooks (knee) on the PUP list, it looks like Lewis and Hill will be the safeties relied on most heavily.



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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.