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Five Ravens individual milestones to look for in 2016

Five Ravens individual milestones to look for in 2016

Here are five individual Ravens milestones to watch for in 2016, with Week 1 less than 100 days away.

WR Steve Smith Sr. reaching 1,000 career receptions

Only 13 players have reached 1,000 career receptions, and Smith should get there, entering the season with 961 catches. Smith has caught at least 46 passes every season since 2005. After putting off retirement and recovering from an Achilles injury, Smith will be driven to prove he can still play up to his standards.

LB Elvis Dumervil getting his 100th career sack

Dumervil needs just four sacks to join teammate Terrell Suggs in the 100-sack club . Things didn’t go as planned for Dumervil in 2015, as Suggs was lost for the season (Achilles) in Week 1, giving opponents more license to double-team Dumervil, who was held to just six sacks. With Suggs expected back, and the Ravens loading up on pass rushers in the draft, Dumervil should have more freedom to operate. The bigger question is not whether Dumervil gets four sacks, but whether he returns to being a double-digit sack producer.

WR Mike Wallace getting his 50th career TD reception

OK, this is virtually a lock, since Wallace already has 49 career TD catches. But I’m curious to see if Wallace is just an occasional playmaker in the Ravens’ offense, or a consistent threat. As recently as 2014 with the Dolphins, Wallace equaled his career high with 10 touchdown catches. The Ravens would gladly take that from Wallace.

RB Justin Forsett getting his 200th career reception

Forsett will be more concerned with his rushing totals, trying to secure his starting spot and eyeing a 1,000-yard season. However, Forsett has 190 career receptions, and has been the Ravens’ best pass-catching running back the past two seasons. That role could be threatened by rookie running back Kenneth Dixon, who was a prolific pass-catcher in college.  

CB Jimmy Smith making his 10th career interception

Smith only has eight career picks in five seasons, but had a career-high three interceptions year. Forcing more turnovers is a huge point of emphasis for the Ravens in 2106. They will be counting on Smith to do his part.

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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.