There has been very little talk about the Ravens’ offensive line this offseason. For the team, that’s a positive thing.
The Ravens waited until the sixth round to grab their lone offensive lineman in the draft –guard Robert Myers of Tennessee St. Strengthening the O-line was not a top priority, because it was already a position of strength.
All five starters are returning – left tackle Eugene Monroe, left guard Kelechi Osemele, center Jeremy Zuttah, right guard Marshal Yanda, and right tackle Rick Wagner. The Ravens believe in true competition during training camp, but barring injury, there is no reason to believe any changes will be made. The Ravens also have quality depth with tackle James Hurst and guard John Urschel.
There is also reason to think the Ravens’ offensive line will be even better next season. Last season was Zuttah’s first with the Ravens, and it was Wagner’s first as a starter. Continuity is always key for an offensive line unit, and with a year of working together under their belts, the front five should pick off where it left off. That’s good news for running back Justin Forsett, who is coming of a career season, (1,366 yards), and quarterback Joe Flacco, who was sacked a career low 19 times in 2014.
It remains to be seen if the Ravens figure out a way to re-sign both Yanda and Osemele, who are both entering the final year of their contract. But for next season, the Ravens can feel good about the unit in front of Flacco.
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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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