Ravens rookie Keenan Reynolds has received permission from the Navy to play in the NFL this season, Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, told the Dan Patrick Show on Friday.
Reynolds, a sixth-round draft pick, will compete for a roster spot as a wide receiver – returner after a brilliant career as a quarterback at Navy. The Navy has been supportive of Reynolds’ dream to play in the NFL. Mabus had already said he would do everything in his power to make sure Reynolds’ Navy commitment would not interfere with him playing for the Ravens.
A precedent for Reynolds playing NFL football right away was set by Patriots long snapper Joe Cordona, who was Reynolds’ teammate at Navy. Cordona played his entire rookie season with New England last year, while also working at a Naval Preparatory Academy in Rhode Island. Mabus said Friday that Cordona would also be free to play in the NFL next season.
Cordona has been a sounding board for Reynolds while they awaited the Navy’s decision.
“I’ve been blowing his phone up this whole process,” Reynolds said during rookie minicamp. “I was blowing him up on draft day. He has really helped, and his experience, obviously, being able to serve and play, has been really helpful.”
Now Reynolds can focus on making the Ravens’ roster, and they are intrigued by his ability as a returner. Reynolds has gotten advice on returning kicks from CSN’s Brian Mitchell, a former Pro Bowl returner with the Redskins. Mitchell also spoke with the Ravens prior to the draft when they were considering drafting Reynolds.
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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