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Who will be the Ravens' new backup quarterback?


Who will be the Ravens' new backup quarterback?

Matt Schaub is now the Ravens’ starting quarterback, but who will be Schaub’s backup?

That’s one of many questions facing the Ravens in the aftermath of Joe Flacco’ season-ending torn ACL. No matter who they sign, the Ravens will make a move quickly. They have no choice.

“Right now, (punter) Sam Koch is our No. 2 quarterback,” coach John Harbaugh said smiling after Sunday’s game. “We’re not really comfortable with that situation right now.”

There’s a shortage of quarterback talent on the market, but general manager Ozzie Newsome must find someone to backup Schaub before the Ravens face the Browns (Nov. 30) on Monday Night Football.

Here are some possibilities:

Jason Campbell

The Ravens were interested in him during the offseason, but Campbell, a 10-year NFL veteran, was already leaning toward retirement and has not played this season. Checking to see if Campbell might have a change of heart is probably worth a phone call.  

Rex Grossman

The Falcons released Grossman in September, but the 35-year-old would add experience to the quarterback room.

Christian Ponder

The former Vikings’ starter and 2012 first round pick was cut by the Raiders during the preseason, and worked out for the Titans this month. The Ravens may feel Ponder is worth a look-see.

Bryn Renner

He was on the Ravens’ practice squad before being cut in September. He is obviously familiar with the Ravens’ system, but if something happened to Schaub, would Renner be game-ready?

Keith Wenning

Currently on the Bengals’ practice squad, Wenning was a sixth-round Ravens draft pick in 2014, so the organization obviously liked him. The Ravens released Wenning in May, after he spent the 2014 season on the Ravens’ practice squad.

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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.