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Pass rush can help Ravens in pass coverage

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Pass rush can help Ravens in pass coverage

Defensive coordinator Dean Pees talked recently about how various parts of the defense need to work together to stop opposing offenses, especially those who like to throw the ball like Detroit might in Fridays pre-season game.
Youve got to call your game, and youve got to rely on the guys to get the job done, Pees said when talking with the media earlier this week. There is no secret to it. If you have man coverage out there, you have to cover the guyits not rocket science.
And thats why getting pressure on the quarterback is so important to the Ravens, and any team.
One of the biggest questions for the Ravens on defense is going to be pass pressure. Can they get enough-- especially with NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs out for a big chunk of the season? Suggs is clearly the teams top pass rusher, and losing him will hurt.
The Ravens are going to need help from younger players like Pernell McPhee (second in the team in sacks as a rookie last year) and others to fill in for Suggs in pressuring the quarterback.
Pass pressure ties directly into pass coverage. If teams can get a good rush, it makes life so much easier for the secondary because they wont need as long to cover receivers a big reason the Ravens did so well in both areas last year.
If we pressure and you are put one-on-one, thats your job, Pees said. Just like its the receivers job to catch it. But on the other hand, its like I tell all the guys up frontwhen you blitz, when I watch the film, I said You stand back there and cover 40 yards of grass with one of those fast guys running down the field. So look, when we ask you to go, go.
Thats why Fridays game with the Lions will be another good early test because the Ravens didnt always get great pressure on the quarterback in Atlanta last week.

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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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