In the NFL, pressure is inevitable. Over the course of 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:
Defensive end Chris Canty missed five games with injuries last year, and he turns 33 in November. He was released by the Ravens this offseason, then re-signed about three weeks later to a new, two-year deal that includes a cap figure of about $1.7 million this year (but jumps to about $2.9 million in 2016). The Ravens have younger, cheaper options along the line, including 6-foot-7 Brent Urban, who impressed during OTA workouts. If the young linemen develop as the Ravens hope, what will Canty's role be?
What Canty needs to do:
Canty needs to show he still has plenty left in the tank in his 11th season. He needs to show he can still be a sufficient run-stopper, but also must be more of a factor in the passing game (one half-sack, two pass breakups last year). With Haloti Ngata gone, Canty becomes by far the most veteran player on the defensive line. He is an outstanding locker room presence and a valuable mentor to young linemen such as Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore. He also sounds highly motivated to retain his starting job: "I’ve been a starter in this league for a decade," Canty said after one minicamp workout last month. "I don’t really see that changing."
The Rest of the List:
No. 10 Kyle Juszcyzk
No. 9 Crockett Gillmore
No. 8 Will Hill
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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