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TEs should find more room in Raiders' zone

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TEs should find more room in Raiders' zone

The catches have only come to a halt for the Ravens' tight ends.

The targets, too.

After Dennis Pitta opened the session on a tear, the position has become a non-factor.

“The tight ends can be more productive. That’s something that they are working really hard," coach John Harbaugh said. "I’d like to see a few more plays out of them, and I know they feel the same way. They want to see a few more plays."

Harbaugh has had conversations with Pitta and Ed Dickson, both of whom are in the starting lineup.

Pitta has gone from 18 catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns in the first three games of the season to 14 catches for 121 and no touchdowns in the last five.

In fact, Pitta has had exactly 33 yards receiving in each of the last three games.  Dickson has had issues with drops and has just 10 catches for 85 yards. He has failed to score a touchdown and never has had more than two catches in a game.

"Those guys are fully capable of making spectacular catches," Harbaugh said. "So to me, they can make every catch. We need those guys to be a big part of it.”

With the renewed emphasis on the running game with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce, the attempts could get fewer and farther in between.

"We've got to be more involved in the offense. If you don't get a whole lot of opportunities then there's not a whole lot of room to make plays," Pitta said. "That's kind of how we feel. We'd like to be more involved. If we're not given those there's not a lot of plays to be made."

Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders, who play a lot of zone defense, should give the tight ends room to navigate. The Ravens' tight ends have had more trouble with man coverages.

"Going against certain teams they give you certain things and you're able to take advantage of some looks that they give you," Pitta said.



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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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