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Ravens checking out speed WR in move to boost struggling offense

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Ravens checking out speed WR in move to boost struggling offense

Is wide receiver Mike Wallace still a good enough deep threat to help the Ravens’ offense?

The Ravens have interest in signing the former Steelers, Dolphins, and Vikings wide receiver, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network. Wallace is a long way removed from being one of the league’s top deep threats. Wallace averaged just 12.1 yards per catch with the Vikings last season, and his last huge season was 2011, when he caught 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns with the Steelers, averaging 16.6 yards per catch.

However, Wallace wouldn’t have to be the Ravens’ primary deep threat if Breshad Perriman can finally get on the field, after missing his entire rookie season with a knee injury. Wallace could be a secondary deep threat in certain situations, much like Jacoby Jones was during the 2012 season when the Ravens won their last Super Bowl. Torrey Smith was the Ravens’ No. 1 deep threat that season, but Jones made many key plays that year, particularly in the playoff win at Denver, and in the Super Bowl against the 49ers.

The Ravens have a quarterback in Joe Flacco with the arm to get the most from whatever speed Wallace still has. Wallace is still only 29 years old, and while the Ravens may draft another receiver, most scouts say there isn’t a receiver worthy of being drafted No. 6, where the Ravens will pick in the first round. If the Ravens can get Wallace at a reasonable price, the risk could be worth the reward.

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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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