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Ross has been one of Ravens few bright spots

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Ross has been one of Ravens few bright spots

The pleasant surprises for the Ravens have been few and far between this year, but receiver-kick returner Jeremy Ross has to rank near the top of the list.

Signed to the Ravens practice squad after the Lions cut him loose, Ross has suddenly become the Ravens top return option and a key component of the underwhelming receiver corps.

Ross pretty much took over the role that Michael Campanaro had held before his season-ending back injury, right down to the slot-receiver-end-around, which Ross ran for a 2-yard gain and a first down against the 49ers.

“Whenever you can come in and help your team in any way that is always a good feeling," Ross said after the 49ers game. "So I feel good about it and ... and (getting) an opportunity to help contribute.”

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Ross, now in his fourth NFL season, was the Lions return specialist last season. He has averaged 29.5 yards on six kick returns for the Ravens, with two returns of over 40 yards, and has 10.0 yards on three punt returns.

He also has also made five catches for 58 yards in two games since being promoted from the Ravens practice squad.

"I think Jeremy has come in and done a great job of being consistent, being where he’s supposed to be," quarterback Joe Flacco said.

 "That’s the most important thing when you get a guy right off the bench that is that level. ... It has been a somewhat smooth transition throwing the ball to him, because he knows what he’s doing, and he has a good feel about him.”

With injuries sidelining Campanaro and Breshad Perriman as well as rookie Darren Waller (who has been out with a concussion), and with Marlon Brown underperforming, the door has been opened for Ross, and he has taken advantage. Expect him to be a larger part of this offense as this struggling 2015 season limps along.

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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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