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Ravens sign G Ducasse, QB Josh Johnson to help fill 90-man roster

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Ravens sign G Ducasse, QB Josh Johnson to help fill 90-man roster

The Ravens announced three signings Monday – guard Vladimir Ducasse, quarterback Josh Johnson, and rookie free agent defensive back Sam Brown.

Johnson will be a third arm for minicamps, something the Ravens need as starting quarterback Joe Flacco continues to rehab following knee surgery. Ryan Mallett is the backup to Flacco, with quarterback Jerrod Johnson also on the roster.

Josh Johnson has started five games in six NFL seasons. He was most recently with the 49ers in 2014, and has also played for the Buccaneers, Browns, and Bengals.

Ducasse is a former second-round pick by the Jets in 2010, but he has been with three different teams the past three seasons – the Jets (2013), Vikings (2014), and Bears (2015). With the Ravens, Ducasse will be one of the players looking to fill the void left by guard Kelechi Osemele’s departure to the Raiders during free agency. First-round pick Ronnie Stanley will likely start at left guard if the Ravens keep left tackle Eugene Monroe. If the Ravens part with Monroe, Stanley would be expected to start at left tackle, leaving John Urschel, Ryan Jensen, fourth-round pick Alex Lewis, and Ducasse to compete at left guard.

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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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