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Webb: "Hard to believe we're not the best"

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Webb: "Hard to believe we're not the best"

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb basically threw down the gauntlet in April when he proclaimed, We have the best secondary in football.

When asked about it a few days later, Webb wasnt backing off an inch.

I stand strong to what I said, Webb said. With Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard on the back end, it makes us even stronger. And with Jimmy Smith and Cary Williams actually being in their first year, last year, and the way they came out and changed our secondary completely, I say, 'Why not?'

Now Webb and Co. are already hard at work to back up that claim.

BaltimoreRavens.coms Ryan Mink reports that Webb, Pollard, Smith and free agent acquisition Corey Graham have been, in Webbs words, grinding together at the Ravens practice facility well before training camp even starts.

You really cant just speak something and not be ready to back it up, Webb said. Were here grinding together, putting in work together, being together. We all want to be great.

Mink points out that the players even brought in their own trainer, since during this pre-training camp time coaches are not permitted to work with the players.

Mercurial Ed Reed, though not working out with the group, was seen doing drills at the Ravens Under Armour Performance Center last week, the surest sign yet that the All-Pro safety will, in fact, play this season.

Depending on the measuring stick, the Ravens dont have far to go to be the leagues No. 1 secondary. Last season, the Ravens ranked fourth in the league in passing yards allowed in 2011 (196.2) after being 21st the year before.

The Ravens recorded 15 interceptions last year, which ranked in the middle of the NFL pack, but they allowed just 11 passing touchdowns, the lowest total in the league and half as many as they allowed in 2010.

Its really hard to believe were not the best, Webb told the Ravens Web site. I see their skills every day. With Bernard and Ed Reed in the back, show me another group who is better.

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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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