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Tough times for DB Cary Williams

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Tough times for DB Cary Williams

Cary Williams turned down a three-year contract extension from the Ravens before the season, but he didn't look like an elite cornerback against the New England Patriots.

Williams needs to bounce back Thursday vs. the Cleveland Browns.

Tom Brady found receiver Brandon Lloyd time and again as they exploited Williams in coverage. Lloyd finished with a game-high nine catches for 108 yards. Brady targeted him 12 times.

Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees defended Williams' performance.

What probably everybody needs to do is watch a little more Brady film and find out that there are a lot of corners that struggle. There are some back shoulders fades there, some stop things that they do exceptionally, exceptionally well as good as any team Ive seen in football," said Pees, a defensive coordinator in New England from 2006-09. "I witnessed it for six years, and I had some pretty good corners up there with Asante Samuel and some of those, and Ive seen them look exactly the same way."

Brady threw for 335 yards against Baltimore. He found Lloyd on his first pass from scrimmage for 12 yards.

When the Patriots extended their lead to 13-0, Brady completed passes of 11 and 22 to Lloyd. Williams was called for illegal contact, which resulted in an automatic first down, on a touchdown drive as the Patriots regained the lead at 20-14.

Brady victimized Williams again as Lloyd caught three passes for 30 yards on a third-quarter drive as the Patriots regained the lead another time at 27-21.

"Its hard. You feel like the guy is picking on you. The thing about Tom is he sees a certain coverage, its hard to disguise stuff with him, because he is smart, and he does a good job of knowing where to go with the ball, and if you happen to be the corner thats playing that position, you are going to picked on," Pees said. "I dont think its as much Cary as they did a good job. Can we do better? Yeah, he knows he can do better. I give them some credit on that, too.

Williams beat out Jimmy Smith in a hotly contested battle in the preseason. Could Smith find his way into the starting lineup?

Thats been a competition from Day One," Pees said. "Thats always been a consideration every game, and every game we kind of go through it during the week. And, those two guys know it, that we just kind of rotate things through the week, and whoever we feel is having a better week, that guy could end up being the starter."

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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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