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The early word on Ronnie Stanley? Everyone is impressed

The early word on Ronnie Stanley? Everyone is impressed

OWINGS MILLS – With mandatory minicamp in the books, what’s the early word on Ravens rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley? Everyone is impressed.

From center Jeremy Zuttah:

 “Stanley is good. He’s a very natural athlete; you can see it out there. As soon as he gets to the point where he doesn’t have to think about anything, he’s going to take it to the next level and just keep progressing.”

From right guard Marshal Yanda:

“He (Stanley) keeps his mouth quiet and goes about his business. He seems like he’s a good kid, a hardworking guy, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about him from guys around the locker room.”

From quarterback Joe Flacco:

“Marshal has nothing but great things (to say) about him (Stanley). He said he is going to be a great player; he is asking all the right questions in the meeting…I trust him (Yanda), so I feel good about it, too.”

From coach John Harbaugh:

“Ronnie is a rookie, and I think he’s on schedule in that sense, as far as his development goes. He’s the sixth pick in the draft: he’s very talented. All of the things everybody knows who follows football, his attributes are all there. He doesn’t say much, he goes to work, he gets better every day, and he doesn’t repeat mistakes. Those are the things that we learned in the last few weeks. It’s going to be up to him to earn the job, win the job and be ready to go.”

Heading into training camp, it sounds like Stanley is on his way to doing just that.

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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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