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Ravens add WR Payne

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Ravens add WR Payne

The Ravens continued to alter the fringes of their 90-man training camp roster Thursday, signing Logan Payne, a 27-year-old wide receiver who has spent most of his pro career on practice squads.

To make room for Payne, the team waived fullback Jamison Berryhill, an undrafted rookie.

Payne is the fourth player the Ravens have signed in the past 24 hours, following linebackers Ricky Brown and Darryl Blackstock and guard Cord Howard.

The 6-2, 205-pound Payne, who played his college ball at the University of Minnesota, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent signed by the Seattle Seahawks in 2007. He has since played in just two regular-season games, catching three passes for the Seahawks in 2008.

A knee injury cut short his chance to prove himself in Seattle that year, and he has since spent time on the practice squads of the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets.

He spent the 2011 season on the Jets injured reserve list after suffering a dislocated elbow during the preseason. The Jets waived him three months ago.

Payne becomes the 12th receiver on the Ravens 90-man camp roster. Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith are the starters, and Jacoby Jones is projected as the No. 3 target. The other receivers fighting for roster spots are Tandon Doss, LaQuan Williams, Tommy Streeter, David Reed, Devin Goda, Dorian Graham, Deonte Thompson, Patrick Williams and Payne.

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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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