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What it would take for Mallett to be Flacco's backup in 2016

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What it would take for Mallett to be Flacco's backup in 2016

Quarterback Ryan Mallett signed with the Ravens on Tuesday, the team announced. Mallett signed a contract that could pay him as much as $2.5 million in 2016, according to NFL.com, as the Ravens became the latest team attempting to unlock Mallett's potential. 

Mallett’s arrival means the Ravens will make a roster move with a quarterback. Bryn Renner could be released, or Matt Schaub could be placed on injured reserve. But adding Mallett is not just a move for this season. The Ravens are trying to settle on a backup for Joe Flacco in 2016, and Mallett will get a chance to audition for the job.

Nobody questions Mallett’s arm strength, but he must show the Ravens he is a team player who can be counted on. Mallett battled Brian Hoyer for the Texans’ starting job during training camp this season, and Hoyer won out. Mallett did not react well after Hoyer was announced as the starter, missing practice the next day, saying he overslept.

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Mallett got another chance to start in Week 2, but he was injured again in Week 5, and lost his starting job to Hoyer again. Again, Mallett did not respond well, missing a team flight to Miami, which forced him to fly commercial. The Texans cut Mallett in late October, but after working out Mallett recently, the Ravens decided to give him another chance.

The Ravens will be Mallett’s third NFL team, after stints with the Patriots and the Texans. Mallett was a Patriots’ third-round pick in 2011, and at one point was the backup quarterback behind Tom Brady. However, the Patriots traded Mallett to the Texans before the 2014 season.

 

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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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