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Ravens report card for the Steelers game: Grading the offense

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Ravens report card for the Steelers game: Grading the offense

It's time to hand out the Monday morning report cards after the Ravens' 20-17 upset of the Steelers, and for the first time in a while, most of the class made the honor roll. We begin with the offense

QUARTERBACK: A-

What can be said about Ryan Mallett? In his first series as a Raven, he engineered one of the best drives of the season, a 15-play, 75-yard drive that ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Chris Matthews that gave the Ravens an early 7-0 lead they never relinquished. Mallett finished 28-for-41 for a career-high 274 yards. Watching him command the offense, you'd never know he has worn a Ravens uniform for less than two weeks.

RUNNING BACKS: B

Buck Allen had a nice bounceback effort after being benched a week ago because of fumbling problems. The rookie ran 18 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. He ran decisively and with good vision -- and he held on to the ball. Allen also had five catches for 35 yards. Terrance West (13-42) did well when called upon, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk was again a popular target out of the backfield, with five catches for 55 yards, including a 34-yarder that set up a touchdown. But what's with throwing to Juszczyk 3 yards shy of the first-down marker on third down? It happens way too often.

OFFENSIVE LINE: B

The Ravens totaled 121 rushing yards against a Steelers defense that was ranked fifth in the league against the run. Ryan Mallett was sacked once but for the most part was kept clean. Marshal Yanda continued his Pro Bowl season, and Kelechi Osemele has proved to be a big upgrade from James Hurst at left tackle. Ryan Jensen is capable at guard, although he was hit with a personal foul penalty. The Steelers seemed to be goading Jensen all day with a lot of post-whistle skirmishes until he finally retaliated.  

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TIGHT ENDS: C-

The injury to Crockett Gillmore has really taken the tight end position out of the Ravens playbook. Rookie Maxx Williams was targeted five times and finished with two catches for 16 yards, and No. 2 tight end Konrad Reuland has not been a factor at all as a receiver. Tackle James Hurst continues to work as the team's de facto blocking tight end.

WIDE RECEIVERS: B

Kamar Aiken led the Ravens with eight catches for 66 yards and Jeremy Butler finished with thee catches for 38. Mallett kept things short and intermediate for the most part, though he did make a beautiful deep throw to Chris Givens for a 39-yard gain. Givens has been missing in action the past few weeks. Chris Matthews recorded his first touchdown catch as a Raven. 

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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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