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Quick Takes: Ravens practice in front of 22K at M&T

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Quick Takes: Ravens practice in front of 22K at M&T

BALTIMORE – My quick takeaways from the Ravens’ practice Monday night at M&T Bank Stadium, before an announced crowd of 22,111:

-  Rookie WR Darren Waller had a strong night. 

The Ravens drafted Waller in the sixth round because they liked his size (6-foot-6) and potential. He is showing both. Waller made several nice catches, and showed agility coming out of breaks. The last couple of roster spots at wide receiver will be extremely tough decisions for the coaching staff.

- Rookie tight end Maxx Williams also did well. 

He dropped what should have been a touchdown catch, but Williams got open and make several other grabs. The Ravens would love to see Williams make more plays, and look ready to make an immediate impact Week 1 in Denver.

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- Backup quarterback Matt Schaub did not have his best night.

Schaub threw into coverage on several occasions, and he has not shown the arm strength during camp to get away with throwing into coverage. As durable as Joe Flacco has been as a starting quarterback, Schaub’s performance may not matter. But an significant injury to Flacco still looks like it would be extremely difficult for the Ravens to overcome.

- Justin Tucker booted a 64-yard field goal.

Tucker’s range might be even longer than last season. He looks ready once again to make clutch kicks whenever called upon.

- Injuries

Elvis Dumervil (Achilles tendonitis) and Breshad Perriman (knee) missed their fourth consecutive practice. Wide receiver Marlon Brown (back) missed practice, as did cornerbacks Chris Greenwood, Rashaan Melvin, and Tray Walker.

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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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