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Ravens sign cornerback Young, one of their fourth-round picks

Ravens sign cornerback Young, one of their fourth-round picks

The Ravens have signed cornerback Tavon Young, one of their five fourth-round draft picks, CSN has confirmed via an NFL source. The signing was first reported by the Baltimore Sun. Young is expected to compete for playing time at nickel cornerback.

Young is a native of Oxon Hill, Md., and was happy to be drafted by a team close to family and friends. He played some nickel cornerback at Temple, and said he expected to make a smooth transition into the Ravens’ defensive system.

“It’s just physical, tough, and they play hard,” Young said of the Ravens during rookie minicamp. “That’s what we did at Temple, and I feel like it’s the same thing and I fit right in.”

The biggest knock on Young is his size (5-foot-9, 183 pounds), raising concern about his ability to match up with bigger receivers. However, Young isn’t buying that.

“I feel like if you can play ball, you can play ball,” Young said. “If you can compete, you can take somebody’s spot or you can rotate in.”

Young becomes the seventh of the Ravens’ 11 picks to sign. The four remaining unsigned draft picks are left tackle Ronnie Stanley (first round), defensive end Bronson Kaufusi (third round), wide receiver-returner Keenan Reynolds (sixth round), and cornerback Maurice Canady (sixth round).


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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.