With the buzz continuing around Jets quarterback Geno Smith being punched in the locker room, Ravens backup quarterback Matt Schaub was asked after a recent practice if he had ever been involved in similar incident. Schaub gave a humorous response, before he turned serious.
“I can’t say I’ve had a teammate want to try (to fight me),” Schaub said. “Maybe they wanted to, but they haven’t. I don’t have too much experience (with that).
“Obviously, we’re all competitive people out there on the field, and things can get heated, but you never want to see it escalate to that point. That’s when things are out of control, and I think that’s a sign of an undisciplined football team (and) undisciplined players.”
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The past two seasons have been a struggle for Schaub, both with the Texans in 2013, when he lost his starting job, and with the Raiders in 2014, where Derek Carr won the battle to be the starter.
Schaub was expected to play the majority of offensive snaps in Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Saints. He wants to show he can still play quality football, and that the Ravens can win with him if Joe Flacco suffers an injury.
“Last year was very difficult,” Schaub said. “There were a lot of things going on away from football that a lot of people don’t know about. It was a very tough year. I learned a lot from it. I’ve grown a lot as a person – both as a football payer and as a person from it. I’m just excited to be here and be a part of the Raven organization and am looking to great things this year.”
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.”
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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