Would it make sense for the Ravens to take a quarterback at some point in the draft?
Don’t dismiss that as a possibility, even though the Ravens recently restructured and extended the contract of their franchise quarterback, Joe Flacco. Developing a young quarterback is never a bad idea if you see one that you like. All signs indicate Flacco is recovering well from knee surgery, and the Ravens signed Ryan Mallett to backup Flacco late last season. Mallett is under contract for next season, and if he does what the Ravens expect during the offseason and training camp, Mallett should be Flacco’s backup again in 2016.
However, we saw how volatile the Ravens’ quarterback situation became once Flacco was injured. First Matt Schaub was the starter, and he has signed with the Falcons. Then it was Jimmy Clausen, who has not been re-signed. Then it was Mallett.
According to several reports, the Ravens have visited with Michigan St. quarterback Connor Cook. Plenty of teams are trying to get a better handle on Cook, who was never a team captain with the Spartans, raising questions about how well-liked Cook was by his teammates.
I don’t see the Ravens taking a quarterback earlier than the fourth round, which could take Cook out of the mix. However, the Ravens have four fourth-round picks, and two sixth-round picks. If they want to spend one of those on a quarterback to develop like Dak Prescott of Mississippi St., it may pay off down the road.
Having the right backup quarterback, who can win a few games when the starter goes down, can make or break a season. Having Flacco and Mallett does not guarantee that the Ravens will not draft a quarterback.
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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.”
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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