There isn’t much buzz about Ravens backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, but he will be busy leading up to Week 1.
With starter Joe Flacco still recovering from knee surgery, Mallett is expected to take reps with the starters again when the Ravens resume OTA’s next week.
Even if Flacco is back by the opening of training camp in late July, he likely won’t take as many reps as usual, and the Ravens may also cut down on Flacco’s preseason action, assuming he plays at all in August.
Mallett turns 28 years old June 5, and seems to have found a comfort level with the Ravens, accepting his backup role with professionalism, and putting his difficulties with the Texans behind him. Since Mallett signed with the Ravens last season, reports about his work ethic have been positive.
He also played well enough while starting the final two games of 2015 to make the Ravens feel confident that Mallett can step in and win games in an emergency.
The Ravens hope Flacco will enjoy a healthy season in 2016, and that Mallett won’t have to play in a crucial situation.
But until Flacco is ready, the Ravens will need Mallett to be set a tone for crisp practices, and to run the offense effectively, helping the coaching staff make evaluations. Judging from the first week of OTA’s, that’s a role Mallett is embracing.
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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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