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Trevor Matich calls Ravens rookie Williams 'soft'

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Trevor Matich calls Ravens rookie Williams 'soft'

Check out the full video of Trevor Matich's take on Maxx Williams in the above clip. 

Ravens rookie tight end Maxx Williams made his debut Thursday night, but before he did our Trevor Matich gave his take on what he's seen so far from the second round pick out of Minnesota.  

“He’s soft," Matich said. "He’s not as hard as he needs to be and a lot of rookies come in that way. Keep in mind that he’s also very young. He left the University of Minnesota as a redshirt sophomore and then he steps into the NFL and so he never was that powerful of a guy at the line of scrimmage or even coming off the line against a press from a bigger defender when he was at Minnesota but not he’s facing even more size, more skill in disrupting him."

Williams had an impressive game vs. the Saints that included a fourth-and-20 conversion late in the fourth quarter to keep the Ravens' comeback bid alive. He caught the pass five yards past the line of scrimmage, hurdled a defender before rumbling for a 22-yard gain. Because he may not be the biggest tight end (he's listed at 6-4, 229 pounds), Matich pointed out that he'll have to rely on his nimbleness and pass catching ability rather than his size to make plays. 

"The guys he’s trying to block now are not just bigger and stronger, but they’re vastly more skilled at defeating the block of a tight end. He has never been physically dominant and so he needs to get to a point where he can hold up physically so he can use his skills and his skills are as a receiver. He can get up to full speed very quickly. He can catch the ball going deep and he’s very good in the red zone but when it comes down to the physical ability to hold up in there, that’s what he needs to improve at.”

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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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