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Report: Tyrod Taylor to be Bills starting QB

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Report: Tyrod Taylor to be Bills starting QB

Finally out from under the shadow of Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor is now a starting NFL quarterback, according to a report.

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Bills will name Taylor to be the team's starting quarterback, beating out veteran Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel. The Bills and coach Rex Ryan have not yet made any formal announcement (UPDATE: The team did in fact confirm this news on Monday afternoon).

Taylor might have won the starting job this past weekend when the Bills played the Steelers. In the Bills' 43-19 win, Taylor completed 12 of 13 passes for 122 yards and also scored on a 20-yard touchdown run. Overall this preseason, Taylor has completed 24 of 31 passes for 236 yards, and also has led the team in rushing with 108 yards on 11 carries.

Ryan is known to covet the dual run-passing threat that Taylor presents.

Taylor signed a three-year, $3.35 million deal with the Bills as a free agent this spring after playing out his rookie deal with the Ravens. Taylor appeared in 14 games off the bench for the Ravens, spending his first four NFL seasons behind a quarterback in Flacco who never missed a game.

Taylor completed 19 of 35 passes for 199 yards and ran 27 times for 136 yards in his Ravens career. The Ravens briefly used Taylor and Flacco together at one point, a look that Flacco openly derided as a "high school offense."

Now it appears Taylor will get to run an NFL offense of his own.

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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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