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What to watch at Ravens training camp August 18

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What to watch at Ravens training camp August 18

OWINGS MILLS -- The Ravens practice at noon Tuesday, then travel to Philadelphia where they will spend the rest of the week. They have joint practices with the Eagles on Wednesday through Friday, followed by Saturday night’s preseason game against the Eagles. Here’s the buzz surrounding the team heading into Tuesday’s workout:

- Staying healthy is a priority for defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan:

Having the talented Jernigan made the Ravens more willing to trade Haloti Ngata to the Lions. However, Jernigan needs to stay healthy and show his body can hold up over a 16-game schedule. He missed four games last season, and he has been hampered by a foot injury in camp. Jernigan participated in practice Monday, and defensive coordinator Dean Pees hopes Jernigan’s health is turning the corner,

“I wish (Timmy Jernigan) could be in there all the time,” Pees said. “That’s not his fault. I think it’s going well. It’s hard sometimes (to) give you a true evaluation if you don’t see them day, after day, after day, after day. Like Carl Davis, we’re seeing day after day, and I saw him in the game, and I thought he really performed well in the game. So I can give you a little better evaluation. Timmy, I still believe he’s the guy we drafted. I just wish we could get him out there a little more, but again, that’s not his fault.”

- Can the Ravens’ secondary cope if cornerback Lardarius Webb is hampered by injuries?

Webb tweaked his hamstring in practice last week, he didn’t play in the preseason opener, and he did not practice Saturday or Monday. Despite adding cornerback depth this offseason by signing Kyle Arrington and Cassius Vaughn, and drafting Tray Walker, the Ravens are still dependent on Webb and Jimmy Smith, their top two outside corners.

Pees was candid Monday, when asked why he didn’t play more nickel and dime coverage last season. Webb had back issues that hampered him early last season, while Smith missed the second half of last season with a foot injury.

“You saw our secondary last year,” Pees said. “Who would you put at dime? We didn’t have one…We didn’t have a dime. We didn’t have a quarter.

“I’ve done eight DB’s up at New England. We didn’t have them (last year). The bottom line is you have to say, as a defensive coordinator, my job is to put the best 11 football players on the field, regardless of who the heck they are. I’m not going to put a defensive back on the field in place of C. J. Mosley. We just couldn’t do that. We’ll see if that happens this year.”

The Ravens still need Webb to be one of their top corners. But it remains to be seen if his health allows that to happen.

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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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