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RB Allen the standout of Ravens' 2015 draft class

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RB Allen the standout of Ravens' 2015 draft class

Running back Buck Allen has been the most impressive player from the Ravens’ 2015 draft class.

While first-round pick wide receiver Breshad Perriman never played a snap due to a knee injury in training camp, fourth-round pick Allen has been a difference-maker offensively. After being benched for fumbling the previous week, Allen played a key role in Sunday’s 20-17 upset win over the Steelers. Allen contributed 114 total yards – 79 yard rushing and 35 yards receiving – and scored the Ravens’ final touchdown on a shifty three-yard run.

The Ravens coaching staff loves Allen’s talent, but they also love his toughness. This was a key game in Allen’s growth process, to see how he responded to being benched. Coach John Harbaugh loved what he saw.

“For him, that’s probably another great story about bouncing back,” Harbaugh said. “We’re not trying to punish him. (You) make a choice sometimes about what’s best in the long interest of playing winning football. He took it to heart. He’s a humble, hard-working, very confident guy. He came back and he answered the bell.”

Allen, who has 478 yards rushing this year, has been the Ravens’ primary running back since Justin Forsett suffered a season-ending broken arm. With Forsett already 30 years old, Allen figures to become the Ravens’ No. 1 back at some point. Whenever that time comes, Allen looks like he will be ready.

“Last week hurt me, to go out there and fumble,” Allen said. “I took full responsibility. The coaching staff believed in me and kept feeding me the ball.

“I just want to think them for believing in me and just staying with me and not giving up on me.”

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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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