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The Pressure is On: No. 8 Will Hill

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The Pressure is On: No. 8 Will Hill

In the NFL, pressure is inevitable. For the next 10 days CSNBaltimore.com will be 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:

Hill missed the first six games last year due to a suspension for violating the league’s substance policy. It was Hill’s third suspension since joining the NFL, and another violating will lead to harsher sanctions.

Hill is also competing with Matt Elam for a starting job. Elam has been a disappointment his first two seasons, but he was a first-round draft pick, meaning the Ravens expected him to become a starter. For Hill to start, he’ll have to outperform Elam in training camp and during the preseason.
 
What Hill needs to do:

Continue to stay out of trouble, and let his talent take over. Hill is a physical specimen who looks more like a linebacker than a safety. He’s a punishing tackler with range, and could add and an intimidating presence to the Ravens’ secondary. Hill played his best football toward the end of last season, as his comfort level in the Ravens’ defense grew. Basically, the Ravens hope picks up where he left off last season.

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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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