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RB coach sees similarities between Rice, Faulk

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RB coach sees similarities between Rice, Faulk

Ravens running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery knows plenty about what it takes to be good at that position. He was a great running back, mostly with the Eagles, racking up 6,789 yards and 45 touchdowns during his career.
But hes also coached some very good backs, like Ray Rice and Marshall Faulk. When talking with the media on Monday, Montgomery talked about Rices talents and the ways he reminded the coach of Faulk, who is now in the Hall of Fame.
You know, I think Ray is pretty good at doing a lot of good things, Montgomery said. Its a different kind of game, but I see a lot of things that are like when I had a guy by the name of Marshall Faulk; there are a lot of similarities.
Montgomery said both backs had the ability to cause problems for defenses. They could just do so many things, and Rice is really growing in that manner.
They are able to do things, catching the ball out of the backfield, running, making people miss in traffic, those guys are good, Montgomery said. Thats not coaching; thats just a gift, and they are blessed with that.
Rice has been growing into a more versatile back. He led the team in receptions and rushing last year and is a player that opposing defenses really have to watch out for all the time, much like teams needed to do with Faulk, who could score from just about any place on the field.
Rice is still very early in his career, and if he can continue to look like Faulk, the Ravens will benefit from that talent for several years.
They got that magic eye somewhere in the back of their heads, Montgomery said. They arent interested in where theyve been; they are always interested in where they are going.

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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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