If he chooses, Terrell Suggs has a little something to use for motivation next season. In the NFL Network’s annual list of the league’s Top 100 players, voted on by players, Suggs fell to No. 84. That is a serious fall from No. 26, where Suggs ranked on the 2014 list.
Suggs is coming off a strong 2014 season at outside linebacker with 12 sacks and 61 tackles. At age 32, Suggs doesn’t like hearing any talk about slowing down and figures to come back next season driven to prove he has not lost anything.
Suggs and Elvis Dumervil will be counted on to anchor the Ravens’ pass rush next season. Pernell McPhee, who had 7½ sacks last season, has signed with the Bears.
While the Ravens hope rookie linebacker Za’Darius Smith can compensate for the loss of McPhee, it is hard to imagine the Ravens having a formidable pass rush unless Suggs plays a part.
The Ravens have not gotten much respect in the Top 100 rankings so far. Quarterback Joe Flacco was ranked No. 97, while linebacker C. J. Mosley was ranked No. 94.
It’s a safe bet the Ravens are not big fans of this list.
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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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