In the NFL, pressure is inevitable. For the next 10 days CSNBaltimore.com is ranking the top 10 Ravens who are under pressure heading into training camp. Check back daily to see who is next in our countdown.
Why the pressure is on:
The Ravens signed tackle Eugene Monroe to a five-year, $37.5 million deal before the 2014 season, but then he missed five regular-season games with injuries and was replaced by undrafted rookie James Hurst. Monroe also missed one playoff game and was limited to brief special teams duty in the other. Monroe's cap number of $7.7 million is the fourth-highest on the team, but he was among the lowest-rated left tackles in the league according to Pro Football Focus. CBS Sports columnist Pete Prisco declared Monroe the Ravens' most overrated player.
What Monroe needs to do:
First, he needs to stay on the field. Before last season, he had never missed more than one game in his five-year career, but then a knee injury and later an ankle injury derailed his season. Most important, he needs to protect Joe Flacco's blind side. Monroe (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) said during the team's minicamp that his health is excellent and that he feels lighter on his feet. He'll need quick feet to combat the edge rushers he'll see on a weekly basis. Monroe also needs to avoid penalties; even though he missed five games, Monroe led all Ravens offensive players with nine penalties last year. The Ravens offensive line, which returns intact, should be a strength of the team. A healthy, effective Monroe would go a long way.
The Rest of the List:
No. 10 Kyle Juszcyzk
No. 9 Crockett Gillmore
No. 8 Will Hill
No. 7 Chris Canty
Don't forget to check back daily for the rest of the list!
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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