With Terrell Suggs out because of an Achilles tear and Jarret Johnson's departure via free agency, it was widely assumed there would be a starting job available for rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw to lose.
Albert McClellan has had something to say about that. Coach John Harbaugh doesn't appear overwhelmed with Upshaw's play. He was blase when addressing Upshaw's performance after the 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions last week.
Upshaw, the Ravens' top rookie pick in the 2012 draft, is considered a good run defender but not as good of a pass rusher even though he led Alabama with 8.5 sacks and was named MVP in the BCS national title game last year.
A pass rush is something the Ravens have yet to show in the preseason.
"You've got to earn your stripes. You have to earn your position here no matter what," Harbaugh said. "I don't know why a lot of people would think that (about Upshaw being the favorite). That's pretty presumptuous. The best guys play."
Veteran Ray Lewis had good things to say about McClellan, who is going into his second season.
"He's a very humble man and he plays the game with a certain love and a certain passion for it," Lewis said.
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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