You will often hear Ravens players say that Marshal Yanda is the best guard in the NFL. Others feel the same way. Robert Mays of Grantland.com ranks Yanda not only as the best guard in the NFL, but as the best offensive lineman - period.
Yanda’s agent will love this. He’s entering the final year of his contract. So is Ravens left guard Kelechi Osemele, who earned an honorable mention on Mays’ list.
It will be difficult for the Ravens to re-sign both Yanda and Osemele, so the 2015 season could be their last one as teammates. However, wherever Yanda plays next season, he’s going to be paid – handsomely. Yanda is everything you want in an offensive lineman – mobile, strong, tough, smart, and a team leader. He’s a reason why running back Justin Forsett had a career year in 2014, and he’s part of a Ravens offensive line that returns all five starters in 2015.
Yanda never talks about how good he is. He is always polite granting interviews, but Yanda prefers talking about the offensive line as a unit, rather than talking about himself. However, Yanda is a special player. Last year when he was the Ravens’ offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak called Yanda as good an offensive lineman as he had ever seen.
Don’t expect Yanda to rest on his laurels next season. And in key situations, never be surprised when Forsett looks for running room behind the Ravens’ superb right guard.
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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