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Ravens stock watch: Who's up, who's down after Eagles game?

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Ravens stock watch: Who's up, who's down after Eagles game?

The Ravens will limp back to Baltimore after an embarrassing 40-17 loss that wasn't as close as the final score. They now have two preseason games left, and just two weeks left before the 90-man roster must be slashed to 53.

Which Ravens helped themselves, and which hurt themselves, with their play on Saturday night? Note that this focuses on those players who are on the roster bubble. So we'll spare starters such as Kendrick Lewis, whose night included two penalties and a bad whiffed tackle, all on one series.  In fact, the entire starting defense was embarrassed by the uptempo Eagles as they rolled to a 24-0 halftime lead.

Indeed, the line of those underperforming against the Eagles is plenty long. But there were a few bright spots.

STOCK RISING

LB ARTHUR BROWN

The third-year linebacker appeared to leap-frog Zach Orr as a No. 2 inside linebacker, and for a while he played along C.J. Mosley and other starters. Brown finished with five tackles and a sack on defense and showed improved quickness and the ability to shed blocks and make the hit. Brown also had a nice tackle in punt coverage, which is significant. Special teams has been a weakness of his; it's one major reason Orr played so much more than Brown last season.

RB TERRENCE MAGEE

With Lorenzo Taliaferro banged up in an early collision, Magee played perhaps more than expected and finished with 11 carries for a team-high 44 yards. He has had some nice moments in camp, and although it's still a crowded backfield with Justin Forsett, Taliaferro and rookie Buck Allen, the undrafted Magee put some nice work on tape.

WR DARREN WALLER

The receiver had a strong week of camp in Philadelphia, and he hauled in the Ravens' first touchdown on a 7-yard wide receiver screen. Waller finished with three catches for 21 yards, and although the Ravens didn't really take advantage of his 6-6 height on his touchdown catch, he showed he could be a red zone target.

STOCK FALLING

WR DeANDRE CARTER

Carter finished with three catches for 34 yards, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Carter had two passes go off his hands, although one would have been an outstanding grab. He also dropped a kickoff return for the second straight week. That is not how to win a roster spot.

LB ZACH ORR

This week it was Arthur Brown, not Orr, running at inside linebacker with the second-team defense. Orr finished with three tackles but also was called for a penalty. And Orr was among the players who overran the play, then missed a tackle, on the Eagles' punt return touchdown.

CB QUINTON POINTER

Pointer ran with the top two units at times early in camp, and started the preseason opener against the Saints. But in Philadelphia, he was basically relegated to mop-up duty. Rashaan Melvin started opposite Jimmy Smith with Lardarius Webb sidelined, and Kyle Arrington, Asa Jackson, rookie Tray Walker and Cassius Vaughn all appeared to get more extended looks than Pointer, who finished with two tackles.

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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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