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Ravens believe TE's will cause matchup problems


Ravens believe TE's will cause matchup problems

With the addition of Ben Watson, don’t be surprised if the Ravens throw to their tight ends even more next season. Watson caught six touchdown passes for the Saints in 2015, and the Ravens envision using him effectively in red zone situations. Here are three reasons why tight ends will be a key part of the Ravens’ attack:

1. Formations featuring two tight ends often cause matchup problems for opposing defenses.

Many teams don’t have two safeties or linebackers agile enough to cover tight ends. With Watson, Maxx Williams, and Crockett Gillmore, the Ravens have the depth to use two tight-end sets whenever they choose.

“We are a tight-end oriented offense,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said at the combine.

2. Williams should feel more comfortable in his second season.

Some people don’t realize that Williams is one of the NFL’s youngest players. He will turn 22 years old on April 12. Williams figures to play a bigger role next season, coming off a rookie season in which he caught 32 passes. He was considered the top pass-catching tight end in the 2015 draft.

“I expect Maxx Williams to make the jump that most players do in their second year,” Newsome said. “I think he understands what it takes to play in the league and I think he is the type of person that wants to excel. I think he’s going to take advantage of this offseason when we get him back into training camp and things like that. I just see him trending up.”

3. The speed of wide receivers Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace should create more operating room for tight ends to work underneath.

The Ravens wanted Wallace in free agency, not only to make plays, but to stretch defenses. Once the Ravens lost Perriman to injury last season, opponents lost respect for the Ravens’ deep passing game. That’s why Perriman’s health is crucial.  Whenever Perriman or Wallace run deep routes, corners and safeties will be forced to honor it. That should leave tight ends facing more matchups they can take advantage of.

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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.


“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.