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Rushing numbers dropping apace with Ravens record

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Rushing numbers dropping apace with Ravens record

The Ravens will have to run the football better to be a better team after the bye.

In 2014, the Ravens ranked eighth in the NFL in rushing, averaging 4.5 yards per carry, and 126.2 yards per game. This season, the Ravens have plummeted into a tie for 21st, averaging 99.2 yards per game and 4.0 yards per carry. Lead running back Justin Forsett is on pace to rush for 1,024 yards, short of the 1,266 yards he rushed for last season. Forsett’s yards per carry have also dropped from 5.4 yards in 2,014, to 4.2 yards this season.             

Committing to the run has been more difficult, because the Ravens have fallen behind often. However, with No. 1 wide receiver Steve Smith done for the season (torn Achilles), having a strong running game will be even more crucial to the Ravens after the bye.

“We’re certainly not where we (want to be),” said Ravens offensive coordinator Marc  Trestman, speaking of the running game. ”There was a point about four weeks ago when we thought we were moving in the right direction. We had a couple of very, very productive games running the football, and then it diminished. We’re always working to get better. That will be one of our projects this week is to take a look at what we’re doing running the football…It’s not how many times we run, but it’s the production we have when we’re running the football, and we want to do better.”

The Ravens are optimistic that left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder) and center Jeremy Zuttah (shoulder) will be able to return Nov. 15 against the Jaguars. However, the Ravens need to step up their running game in November and December, no matter who plays.

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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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