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Why Ravens reunion unlikely, even with Chargers release of Jones


Why Ravens reunion unlikely, even with Chargers release of Jones

The Chargers released ex-Ravens wide receiver-returner Jacoby Jones, the team announced Tuesday. Would the Ravens, needing help at wide receiver, be interested in signing Jones? Don’t hold your breath.

Jones is clearly not the same player he was in 2012, when he helped the Ravens win a Super Bowl. Last season, Jones caught just nine passes for 131 yards, his lowest totals in three seasons with the Ravens.

Ironically, Jones made a key mistake during the Ravens’ 29-26 victory Sunday that led to his exit from San Diego.

With just over nine minutes left, Jones failed to field a 62-yard Sam Koch punt. The ball rolled the final 19 yards to the Chargers’ three-yard line, pinning them deep. The Chargers went three-and-out, and the Ravens took possession at the San Diego 38-yard line. Six plays later, Joe Flacco scored on a quarterback sneak, and the Ravens took a 26-23 lead.


Asked Monday if Jones was still his punt returner, Chargers coach Mike McCoy told reporters, “Yes.” Then after a pause, McCoy added, “As of right now.”

Jones had already been struggling. The Chargers have just one punt return yard in eight games, and they have begun drives, on average, at the 19.3 yard-line after kickoffs. That is the worst starting point average after kickoffs in the NFL.

Jones, who is 31 years old, signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Chargers in March after the Ravens released him. If unclaimed on waivers, Jones would become a free agent. But even after losing Keenan Allen to a kidney injury during Sunday’s game, the Chargers decided to release Jones, who has not caught a pass all season.

For all of those reasons, a Jones return to Baltimore does not seem likely.

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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.