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Schaub goes from Flacco's backup to Ryan's backup

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Schaub goes from Flacco's backup to Ryan's backup

Last season, Matt Schaub didn’t play well enough to keep his job as the Ravens’ backup quarterback. Some thought Schaub would retire. Instead, he was signed by the Falcons on Wednesday to backup starting quarterback Matt Ryan.

Call it another example of how badly some teams need quarterback help. The 34-year-old Schaub will return to the Falcons, the team he began his career with as a backup to Michael Vick. During his best seasons as a starter with the Texans, Schaub threw for more than 4,000 yards three times during a four-year span. However, in recent years, Schaub was known more for throwing pick-sixes than he was for winning games. He lost his starting job with the Texans, lasted just one season with the Raiders, and came to the Ravens last year hoping to resurrect his career backing up Joe Flacco.

When Flacco suffered a season-ending knee injury, Schaub got his chance. But in two starts, Schaub threw four interceptions, including two pick-sixes, to go along with his three touchdown passes. The Ravens turned to Jimmy Clausen, and eventually signed Ryan Mallet, who started the season’s final two games. 

Mallet is under contract for next season and is expected to backup Flacco next season. But on the first day of free agency, Schaub found a team that coveted him.

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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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