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Taylor simulates Vick

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Taylor simulates Vick

Tyrod Taylor must feel like the starting quarterback for Sunday's game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.

While he is just a backup quarterback for the Ravens, he's getting a lot of work simulating Michael Vick.

"If he could throw left-handed, it'd even be better," said Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees, alluding to Vick being a southpaw. "But he's certainly running around, scrambling, doing those kinds of things. (He is) a great athlete and can help us a lot those ways. The only thing is just you kind of have to flip everything formation-wise for Vick because of the left-handed stuff."

Like Vick, Taylor went to Virginia Tech before he was drafted by the Ravens in 2011. Vick led the Hokies until turning professional 10 years prior.

Knowing they had their first road game going into Week 2, the Ravens were anticipating this meeting. Also like Vick, Taylor is a very good runner.

"We had a debate in our meeting room who was faster -- Tyrod Taylor or Michael Vick? Of course, Tyrod says they were tied," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said with a laugh. "So, the good news is we've had a chance to prepare for it a little bit because we have seen Tyrod all through the off-season and all through training camp."

Vick even talked to Taylor, who beat out Curtis Painter for the backup role to Joe Flacco in the preseason, on Tuesday.

"(I was) trying to get some things figured out with the ticket situation, but that's my guy," Vick said. "He's trying to learn as much as he can, and he's getting better as a quarterback as I watch 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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