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The Ravens have only been in training camp for a week, but that's long enough for the organization to start formulating opinions, some of which are more obvious than others. Here are a few early stock projections:

Up: Kelechi Osemele With Bryant McKinnie out, the rookie second-round pick was immediately promoted to the first team as soon as his back spasms disappeared and he was cleared to practice. The Ravens like a lot of things about him, starting with his size, speed and athleticism. He might not end up starting this year, but soon enough.

Down: Jah Reid You cant blame a guy for getting hurt, but Reids calf injury is keeping him from a golden opportunity. Now Osemele seemingly has moved ahead of him. Before that, he was in line for a shot at left guard, but the Ravens went and signed veteran Bobbie Williams instead. The second-year tackle needs to get back and get going.

Up: Bobbie Williams Remember when replacing Ben Grubbs was a big issue? You always wonder whether a 13-year veteran coming off an ankle fracture has anything left, but Williams looks fit and rugged. Plus, hes a gregarious guy in the locker room, a big hit. Looks like a good signing.

Down: Dannell Ellerbe He didnt play that well in 2011 but the Ravens still gambled and gave him a second-round tender worth 1.92 million for 2012 because they werent sure of their depth at linebacker. Hes been quiet in camp.

Up: Deonte Thompson The undrafted free agent receiver from Florida turned heads in the spring practices and continues to look good. Receivers coach Jim Hostler had high praise for him in an interview with reporters. Theres a tight roster squeeze at his position, but its doubtful the Ravens are just going to jettison a speedy playmaker.

Down: Anthony Allen The second-year running back has to stand out to beat out Bernard Pierce, this years third-round pick, for the job of backing up Ray Rice. Its not happening so far.

Up: Sergio Kindle He might never be the force the Ravens envisioned when they made him the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 draft, but he looks much more polished and has made his presence known with his combination of size and speed. At this point, it's looking like he has a job.

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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.