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Dak Prescott overlooked by many in draft, but Ravens won't overlook him Sunday

Dak Prescott overlooked by many in draft, but Ravens won't overlook him Sunday

OWINGS MILLS – The NFL underestimated Dak Prescott in this year’s draft.

The Ravens say they won’t underestimate Prescott on Sunday when the two teams meet in Arlington, Texas.

When Prescott fell to the Cowboys in the fourth round, the successor at quarterback to Tony Romo fortuitously fell into their lap. Prescott entered the league with a chip on his shoulder, determined to prove that he should have been selected much higher.

After Romo suffered a back injury during the preseason, Prescott seized the reins of the Cowboys’ offense and has refused to look back.

“I can’t tell you the theories of why everybody bypassed me,” said Prescott during a conference call.

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“I think it could be a couple of different things. But yes, I am a guy that always had a chip on my shoulder. I feel like I have always been doubted all the way throughout my life – at the quarterback position, specifically, yes, especially coming into the league. I am thankful to have the opportunity to play, but it definitely made that chip grow.”

Leading the Cowboys to an NFL-best 8-1 record, Prescott is having a terrific season, not just for a rookie quarterback.

Prescott has completed 66.8% of his throws, with 14 touchdown passes, two interceptions, and a 106.2 quarterback rating.  After watching film of Prescott this week, Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees hopes to contain Prescott, but he does not expect to rattle him.

“I don’t know after nine games if he’s considered a rookie anymore,” Pees said. “You can say he’s a first-year player. But I don’t think he’s a rookie anymore. This guy’s seen a bunch of stuff. They’ve played three (AFC North) divisional teams that you know throw everything they have to throw at him, and nobody’s rattled him.”

Several weeks before the draft, Prescott was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, a red flag for some teams. However, Prescott was found not guilty of the charges in July, and the Cowboys have sworn by Prescott as a leader, both on and off the field.

“Those are the reports that we got from people at Mississippi St. who were around him every day,” said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett in a conference call. “The coaches that coached him there were just so impressed by the approach that he took, how much he loves football, how much he is a natural leader.”

Prescott hopes to lead the Cowboys to their ninth victory on Sunday. The Ravens know they can’t approach Prescott like a typical rookie quarterback.

“No, and then he’s a big kid on top of that, and he is strong,” said Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.

“He can run. They are doing a great job at putting him in positions to make plays. He definitely has to be accounted for.”  

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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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