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Ravens-Eagles hold tempers, hold brisk joint practice


Ravens-Eagles hold tempers, hold brisk joint practice

PHILADELPHIA – Other than a minor skirmish that Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow helped break up, the first day of the Eagles-Ravens joint practices went smoothly. It was humid and over 90 degrees, but there were no fisticuffs, and there appeared to be no injuries of note.

Here are some takeaways:

- WR Nelson Agholor’s training camp is going far better than WR Breshad Perriman’s.

Agholor, the Eagles’ first-round pick (No. 20), was taken six spots ahead of Perriman (No. 26). While Agholor got open consistently during seven-on-seven drills, Perriman watched practice from the sideline again, due to the knee injury that has forced him to miss all but one training camp practice. Agholor looks like he will help his team starting Week 1. Perriman’s will have to catch up whenever he returns, which could lead to a slow start to his rookie season. 

- Sam Bradford stands out at quarterback for the Eagles:

Not that Tebow or Matt Barkley threw the ball poorly today. But Bradford threw with far more velocity and accuracy. Bradford’s arm isn’t as strong as Joe Flacco’s, but it’s impressive. Makes you wonder what where Bradford would be in his career right now if he could have avoided serious injuries. The Eagles are hoping the best of Bradford is yet to come, because he is obviously a major key to their season. 

- Ravens WR Michael Campanaro had a strong day, and may be a big part of the game plan for Week 1 in Denver.

Campanaro got open consistently during seven-on-seven drills, and was a favorite target for quarterback Joe Flacco.

“He plays outside, but he should be really good in the slot,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh of Flacco. “Guys that have played that position look like him a little bit. He runs away from coverage, he’s quick, he’s got good feel from where the coverage is coming from.”

We know Perriman is hurt. Marlon Brown has been slowed in camp by nagging injuries. At this point, Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken, and Campanaro are performing like the top three receivers on the roster. 

- Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is back, with force.

Jernigan missed a few practices last week, but according to Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil, Jernigan has not missed a beat. 

“Have you guys been watching the practice?,” said Dumervil when asked about Jernigan. “He’s in the backfield the whole time. He plays with a passion>

With ex-Ravens tackle Haloti Ngata now with the Lions, the Ravens are counting on Jernigan to pick up much of the void. If he stays healthy, Jernigan looks capable.

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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.