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Reader question: Where does S Elam fit in plans?

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Reader question: Where does S Elam fit in plans?

Here’s a Twitter question from a reader, @LouisSmithSr, regarding Ravens fourth-year safety Matt Elam:

“With all the additions/changes on the back side of the defense, where does Elam fit in the equation? Or does he?”

ANSWER:

This is a make-or-break year for Elam with the Ravens. That was going to be the case last year, before Elam lost his entire 2015 season to a torn biceps suffered during training camp.

Elam has recovered from that injury, but he has not proved it wasn’t a mistake for the Ravens to draft him in the first round (32nd overall) back in 2013. Now in the final year of his rookie contract, Elam faces plenty of competition as the Ravens try to settle on next season’s safety rotation.

We know that free agent acquisition Eric Weddle is the projected starting free safety. After that, roles are uncertain.

The Ravens released safety Will Hill in March after he violated the NFL’s substance policy for the fourth time. Lardarius Webb is making the switch from cornerback to safety, and while the Ravens believe Webb can handle the move, watching that transition is going to be interesting. Kendrick Lewis who started much of last season is also still on the roster at safety, along with Terrence Brooks, Anthony Levine, and Nick Perry.

So where does Elam fit? The Ravens know he struggles in pass coverage, but if he can tackle and pursue ball carries the way he did in college at Florida, Elam could still help the Ravens, probably in a backup role. Elam was a sure tackler in college, but that has not been the case in the NFL. He has also looked hesitant at times, probably due to a lack of confidence.

Elam has a year more experience than Brooks, and the Ravens saw enough in Elam to make him a first-round pick. But if Elam is going to be a factor for the Ravens next season, he will need his best offseason and training camp.

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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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