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


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

The Ravens wrapped up the preseason with a 20-19 loss at Atlanta on Thursday night, the last chance for those on the roster bubble to make their case for a spot on the roster. Let's see who helped themselves, and who hurt themselves, with their play Thursday night:


WR Daniel Brown

Brown didn't factor until late in the game, but when his number was called, he delivered. Brown finished with three catches for 30 yards and scored the Ravens last touchdown, which was set up by a punt that Brown blocked. It would still be a shock if he made the 53-man roster, but coach John Harbaugh said this week that players were also competing for practice squad spots, and Brown might have won a job there.

WR Marlon Brown

Brown isn't on the roster bubble, but he had been invisible for long stretches of training camp. In Atlanta, though, Brown was able to get open deep and haul in a 42-yard bomb, and he finished with three catches for 64 yards, admittedly against second- and third-teamers. The Ravens have been waiting to see that all summer, and it could lead to a larger role once the regular season begins.

DT Christo Bilukidi

The veteran lineman played 59 snaps and finished with six tackles, tied for the team lead. He also batted down a pass and was active in the middle of the Ravens defense. With injuries up front, the Ravens are likely to keep at least one more defensive lineman than they had anticipated, and it might be Bilukidi.


DB-KR Asa Jackson

Jackson once again showed big-play potential with a 53-yard punt return, but for the second straight week, he also lost a fumble. Nothing raises Harbaugh's ire more than turnovers, and given every opportunity to seize the return job, Jackson has literally dropped the ball. If he makes the team, it will only be because no one else showed any better as a returner. Playing cornerback, Jackson also was badly burned on a double-move, which won't help his cause.

OG Robert Myers

The Ravens are not likely to cut a rookie fifth-round draft pick, but Myers struggled. On one third-and-short play, he whiffed on a block and Buck Allen was dropped for a 2-yard loss. He was later flagged for a foolish late-hit penalty. Myers might make the team, but don't expect him to be one of the 46 that dress on Sunday very often.

Backup running backs

The Ravens aren't cutting rookie Buck Allen, but are they comfortable with him as the No. 2 back as long as Lorenzo Taliaferro is out? Allen had six carries for just 10 yards, although at times he didn't get much help from the Ravens backup-laden offensive line. Rookie Terrence Magee (9-37) and Fitzgerald Toussaint (6-20) didn't make strong cases for the No. 3 back job. Don't be surprised if the Ravens comb the waiver wire for help.

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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.


“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.