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Ravens need guys to step up and fill holes

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Ravens need guys to step up and fill holes

The Ravens know what they need in the early weeks of the seasonhelp from the younger and unproven players.
Theres no choice in that matter. This happens to all teams, but the Ravens really are going to need it on defense with Terrell Suggs out. But they might require some more help this year, more than in the past.
We knew in the off-season that we were going to be missing some guys, and some guys are still not as healthy, Ed Reed said when talking to the media on Thursday. But thats part of the game. Thats part of the business.
Every team deals with this in some form or another, but the Ravens really have some holes to fill and questions to answer on both sides of the ball.
The loss of Suggs has been well-documented. But theres been other holes that have opened up. The Ravens lost key free agents and players on both sides of the ball. Now, its going to be time for people to step up.
And Reed said thats something the Ravens look forward to seeing, especially on defense where Suggs injury leaves a very big hole.
Those guys have been through when I was down; weve been through when Ray was down, and now were going through with Sizzle down, Reed said. Terrell is a big part of our team, a big part of what we do, and guys are going to have to step up. Not just one player, every guy thats on offense, defense and special teams. Weve all got to pick up the slack because we know what Terrell brings to the tablehes definitely going to be missed until we get him back.
Reeds rightthe Ravens survived times when he was out. They went 4-0 without Lewis last year. Now comes another test. Who will step up this time?

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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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