NFL Network commentator Warren Sapp has added his chatter to the discussion of matters related to the Ravens defense.
Sapp said Ed Reeds vacillation shouldnt be too worrisome to fans for a couple of reasons. For one, Sapp seems certain Reed will be playing for the Ravens this season. For another, Sapp said they would be fine without the Pro Bowl safety.
The Ravens are 6-4 without Ed Reed. Ive seen the defense adapt to a lot of things, Sapp said, citing Ray Lewis absences in particular. I just see this defense keep plugging along.
Addressing Reed directly, Sapp said: Either you want to play this great game we have, my friend, or you dont. If youre comfortable at home with the kids, go ahead and enjoy it because I can attest for the last five years thats pretty comfortable, too.
However, Sapp added: Hes coming back for the money, yall. He just wants a long-term deal.
Sapp said the absence of Terrell Suggs pressure on the quarterback while he rehabs from his torn Achilles tendon is another matter. That could be difficult to replace. Sapp sounds unimpressed by the Ravens options for substitutes. Then again, he couldnt even get one of their names right.
You dont learn to rush the passer like that at the SEC, Mr. Upchurch, he said, in a reference to Ravens rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw, from Alabama. You dont learn how to rush like that by falling and not getting up, Sergio.
That would be a reference to linebacker Sergio Kindle, who fell down two flights of stairs before his rookie season two years ago and suffered a fractured skull.
Stay classy, Mr. Sapp.
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.”
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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