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Wallace on joining Ravens: 'I need a good quarterback'

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Wallace on joining Ravens: 'I need a good quarterback'

Some of Mike Wallace’s comments during his Tuesday press conference may not sit well with the Vikings or their starting quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater. The Ravens’ newest wide receiver made it clear he was happy to leave the Vikings, and Wallace said one attraction to Baltimore was an opportunity to play with quarterback Joe Flacco.

“When this process started, I knew I wasn’t going back to Minnesota,” Wallace said. “I was like, ‘I need a good quarterback. I need a quarterback who I know is proven who can get things done.’

“Flacco, he’s always been that guy. I always loved his deep ball. When I was in Pittsburgh, watching Torrey (Smith) catching them, I was like, ‘Man, this guy gets like eight of them in a row. I need some of that. Ben (Roethlisberger) was my guy (in Pittsburgh). (But) this dude’s getting a lot more opportunities than me, Ben. I got to talk to you about that.’

“This is going to be fun. This is going to be a great opportunity just to revive, and get back to where I want to be at - the type of player I know I can be. I feel like I can maximize my potential here.”

Wallace is not afraid to speak his mind, and will join another Ravens receiver who shares that trait – Steve Smith Sr. Wallace said that Smith called him recently and made a persuasive recruiting pitch.

“I knew when he called, he was going to shoot it straight,” Wallace said of Smith. “He wasn’t going to tell me what I wanted to hear, he was going to tell me exactly what I asked him.”

Wallace’s ability to improve the Ravens’ passing attack is not a given. He is coming off his worst NFL season with 39 catches for 473 yards and two touchdowns. His last 1,000-yard season was in 2011 with the Steelers, but Wallace says he is motivated to convince doubters he can still be a big-time playmaker at age 29.

“I’ll show everybody,” Wallace said. “I’ve been taking a lot of heat for about three years in a row. We’ll see about that, though. I promise, I’ll get the last laugh.”

Wallace also talked about being a former Steeler, who will now experience the Ravens-Steelers rivalry from an opposite perspective.

“It feels weird being on the other side but I’m all for it,” Wallace said. “I just got to switch my whole mentality. I used to hate purple, now I love purple.”

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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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