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Time for rookies to show their stuff

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Time for rookies to show their stuff

Rookies have a lot to learn during NFL training camps, a whole lot. But now that camp is pretty far along, and the second exhibition game is coming Friday night, its time for everyone to apply what theyve learned on the field.
Thats a fact coach John Harbaugh made clear when talking to the media on Wednesday after a training camp practice.Harbaugh was asked if the coaches would kind of give the rookies a pass in certain situations. After all, theyre still in their first year, trying to figure everything out. Harbaugh said he understood the question.But the answer was no.We dont really give them a pass, he said. Its a good point, but we are kind of at the point now where you have to know what you are doing. They had lots of repsthey get lots of reps. We will judge them based on the fact they are trying to be a pro football player and how they stack up relative to the guys they are playing against.Harbaugh talked about also how the younger players need to stay focused on and course even though training camp is filled with a lot of very hot and humid days that can make life difficult.But theyre going after a very big prize at campan NFL job. He feels that should be a good enough reason to keep everyone focused through these hot August days.
Theres a lot at stake, Harbaugh said. Bernard Pollard got up there and talked about what we are trying to do as a football team and where we are trying to go. Its what they do. We have a bunch of competitive guys that love football. Where else would they rather be? What else are they going to be thinking about? So our guys are pretty focused out there. Thats something we take pride in.

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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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