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The problem with Lardarius Webb's newest idea

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The problem with Lardarius Webb's newest idea

OWINGS MILLS – The Ravens’ punt return job is wide open, and cornerback Lardarius Webb is campaigning for it. Webb has returned punts before, but Jacoby Jones has been the Ravens’ primary returner the last few seasons. Now that Jones is with the Chargers, Webb is seeking the role.

“I really like the return game,” said Webb following Wednesday's mandatory minicamp practice.  “That was something that kind of set me apart when I came out (of college). I want it.”

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Here’s a potential problem. Webb and Jimmy Smith are the Ravens’ starting cornerbacks, and Webb’s value as a corner may make the coaching staff reluctant to use him regularly as a returner. Webb, DeAndre Carter, and Steve Smith have all been fielding punts during minicamps. Injured wide receiver Michael Campanaro is also a candidate when he returns to action. The Ravens are not expected to make a final decision until late in the preseason.

“I don’t know if they’re going to let me get it,” Webb said of the coaching staff. “I want it. I want to be that playmaker, help the team out, make some big plays.”

It would not be surprising to see Webb returning punts in certain situations. At least his eagerness to do it gives the Ravens a viable option, if they want to take that risk. 

 

 

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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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