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Status report: Training camp battles

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Status report: Training camp battles

Here are updates on the Ravens' training camp battles unfolding at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills

Cornerback: Cary Williams is listed as the starter on the depth chart posted on the teams official site, but Jimmy Smith appeared to be among the teams most improved players before his back locked up last week, knocking him out of a few practices. Its too early to tell who will earn the starting spot opposite Lardarius Webb. Both are going to play a lot.

Defensive end: Arthur Jones has gained the early edge over Pernell McPhee, mainly because his injury (hip flexor) wasnt as serious as McPhees (knee), which kept him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list until recently. Jones is listed as the starter on the depth chart.

No. 3 receiver: This one is over. It was Jacoby Jones job to lose, and he didnt.

No. 2 running back: None of the three expected candidates (Anthony Allen, Bernard Pierce, Damien Berry) has made nearly as much noise as the unexpected candidate, Bobby Rainey, an undrafted free agent from Western Kentucky. But Rainey is a Ray Rice clone and the team might need a change-of-pace runner. This could be a spot where the team grabs a free agent near the end of camp.

No. 4 receiver: Tandon Doss was the presumed favorite, but he has barely been on the field (hamstring). LaQuan Williams has made more plays than rookie Tommy Streeter or anyone else. Undrafted free agent Deonte Thompson has faded a bit lately, dropping some balls. Scrap-heaper Logan Payne has impressed with his hands and knack.

Linebacker: This position wasn't on the list until rookie Courtney Upshaw missed more than a week with a bruised shoulder. He still isn't back, and Albert McClellan has turned heads into the meantime. Stay tuned.

Kicker: Rookie Justin Tucker has out-kicked veteran Billy Cundiff so far in practice, as even Cundiff himself admitted, saying Tucker has been "lights out." But if the job is still Cundiff's to lose, he has done nothing to lose it.

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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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