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Minicamp means more reps for new backup QB

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Minicamp means more reps for new backup QB

Once the regular season begins, the Ravens don’t expect to see Matt Schaub play much, if at all. Starting quarterback Joe Flacco has never missed a start in seven seasons. Schaub is like an insurance policy. You have it, but you hope you don’t need it.

However, Schaub will get plenty of reps during this week’s three-day minicamp, throughout training camp, and during the preseason. He is trying to familiarize himself with a new team, while growing accustomed to backing up an established starter.

If anything happens to Flacco, even for a game or two, Schaub will go from being an afterthought to being an important offseason decision. After four years as the Ravens’ backup quarterback, Tyrod Taylor moved on and signed with the Bills during free agency. The Ravens obviously believe Schaub is a better option, signing him to a one-year, $2 million deal, despite his struggles the past two seasons.

Schaub had some big seasons as the Texans’ starting quarterback, including five straight years with a quarterback rating above 90.0. However, the bottom fell out for Schaub in 2013, when he threw a pick-six in four consecutive games and lost his starting job. He couldn’t beat out rookie Derek Carr for the starting job in Oakland last season, so Schaub looked at Baltimore as opportunity with a winning organization, where his role was clearly defined.

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Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and the Ravens’ coaches will be looking for Schaub to avoid the turnovers in practices that have plagued him in recent seasons. The Ravens have a new backup plan at quarterback. If they need Schaub, they will need him to play 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.

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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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