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Williams fits in without issue

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Williams fits in without issue

The Ravens did something this year that they did last year with the offensive line when it came time to fill a holethey reached out to an experienced veteran.
The team signed veteran guard Bobbie Williams to a two-year deal late in the spring. He came to the Ravens after playing with the Bengals, and its a similar move to what the team did last year after picking up Andre Gurode late.
During the 2011 season, Gurode played in a few different spots, filling after the Cowboys cut him during camp. But it was a good move that served a purpose for the Ravens. The signing of Williams looks like it could do the same thing.
Williams appears to have taken over Ben Grubbs job as the starting left guard without much trouble. The 35-year old has moved right in and, in the early days of camp, connected with Michael Oher after his move to left tackle to form a solid left side of the line.
Offensive line coach Andy Moeller said Williams hasnt had much trouble adjusting to what the Ravens do in camp. But, thats what youd expect from a veteran.
Its mostly language and understanding what to do, Moeller said when speaking to the media recently. Different terms mean different things, not only in the plays, but in the calls and the communication up front.
Williams, if playing next to Oher, gives a solid veteran presence next to a younger guy coming into his own. If Williams winds up playing next to veteran Bryant McKinnie, who missed the first part of camp, that would give the Ravens a very experienced left side of the line.
But the point is, the Ravens had a big hole that they filled with a veteran. And some of the younger guys on the line now have another guy whos been around the block to learn from.
Hes played 13 years, and this is his 13th year, Moeller said. Hes smart. Hes sharp.

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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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