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T. Smith wants more in 2012


T. Smith wants more in 2012

Heres some bad news for opposing pass defenses Torrey Smith thinks he could have done more in his rookie season.
Smith had a tremendous first year, coming on after struggling a bit early on. He finished with 50 catches for 841 yards and seven touchdowns. He grew into a real weapon for the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco as the season went on.
But when talking to the media after training camp earlier this week, Smith thinks that maybe he could have caused more damage to opposing defenses.
I had a lot that instead of really concentrating on what I did, I was more focused on what I left out on the field, Smith said. To me, it could have been a lot better, so for me, I know I kind of setI have high standards for myself and to know looking back at the end of the year, watching all the plays that I left on the field, it could have been a monster season for me.
Smiths coming back now after off-season surgery and is working on taking the next steps as an NFL receiver. He wants to do more and help the Ravens have a better passing attack in a league thats becoming increasingly pass-happy.
Smith certainly has shown he can be a major weapon. But teams are going to be watching for him now. The key will be if he can work on finding more ways to get open, find space and make the plays.Opposing teams know about his very good speed. Thats a big weapon for Smith and wont go away any time soon. But the more he learns about the game and how to play, the more dangerous he becomes.
Which is exactly what he wants.
So, for me, I know as long as I can be consistentI can reach my goals, he said. For me, thats what Im working towards. For me, its all about being consistent.

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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.


“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.