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Ravens CB Smith fighting to regain last year's form


Ravens CB Smith fighting to regain last year's form

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has clearly not played up to the standard he set last year before season-ending foot surgery. Asked what he was seeing from Smith this season, defensive coordinator Dean Pees did not mince words.

“Tentative,” Pees said. “I think he’s been tentative. Just not kind of really letting it go. Now whether that’s the injury, whether it’s not, he can tell you that.

“He’s a big guy and when he gets his hands on you he does a great job. But I think sometimes he has been a little tentative, and I think he’ll say that, too. Maybe it is the injury, I can’t tell you. We just keep practicing. I know he’s working hard at it, it’s not like he’s not preparing.  He is.”

Smith won’t talk in detail about his foot , and how much it may, or may not be bothering him. But he has alluded to the injury several times when asked about his play. Opposing quarterbacks have thrown at Smith more often this season, and will continue to do so until he starts making plays.

“Have I been surprised – not at all,” Smith said. “I’m coming off of an injury. It’s expected. Probably like anybody else coming off of (an injury) some things are going to happen that may not go your way. You just keep fighting. I don’t think I’m out there just getting killed. I’m not depressed or anything like that. The balls are going to come, I expect them to come, I got to make plays.”

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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.