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Webb expects opposing QBs to target him, says bring it on


Webb expects opposing QBs to target him, says bring it on

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb readily admits that he expects teams to pick on him -- initially, at least -- knowing that Jimmy Smith is manning the other side and Webb is coming off a season slowed by injuries.

But Webb has a message for those teams: Bring it on.

"Come on, I’m ready," Webb said after a training camp workout last week. "I’ll be ready. I’ll definitely be ready this year for anything that they have to come at me.”

Last season, Webb missed almost all of camp and virtually all of the first four games of the season with a back injury. Once he returned, it took him several weeks to regain his form. He finished the season with 46 tackles and one interception but was rated among the bottom third of all NFL corners by Pro Football Focus.

"They’re going to come to me first," said Webb, who turns 30 in October. "Then when they get through trying me, then they might try (Smith). They’re going to come to me first to make sure I’m good.”

Webb started camp slowly, and that included failing the conditioning test on his first try, but he has picked up his play over the past week. 

"He’s moving around well," coach John Harbaugh said last week. "He’s competing -- quickness, ball skills, all the things that make ‘Webby’ the corner he is. He looks good out here."

If Webb and Smith can stay healthy -- and that's a big if, given that each has missed extensive time over the past three years -- the Ravens secondary should be much improved over last year, when injuries and ineffectiveness at the cornerback position proved to be one of the team's fatal flaws.

The Ravens added an insurance policy in veteran cornerback Kyle Arrington and have also gotten strong play in camp from Rashaan Melvin and Quinton Pointer, who might have found a home in Baltimore after spending time with three practice squads (Rams, Bucs, Ravens) over the past three years.

Webb, the fifth-longest tenured Raven, the second-longest on defense (behind Terrell Suggs), said he likes the improvements the Ravens made in the secondary this offseason. But for him, everything starts with his health.

"It’s all about health," he said. "If I’m healthy, then I can be me and our defense can do what we do.”

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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.