The durability of Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore remains a question mark for the Ravens as they evaluate their roster.
Due to injury, Gillmore never got on the field after Week 7 last year. After playing 15 games as a rookie in 2014, Gillmore has played just 17 of 32 games since.
Appearing on SiriusXM Radio as a guest of Alex Marvez of Sporting News, Gillmore said he suffered a “broken back” and tore his hamstring in two places last season, but hopes for better health in 2017.
Considering Gillmore’s recent history and other injuries at the tight end position, the possibility of the Ravens drafting another tight end cannot be ruled out.
The Ravens have depth at tight end, but injury issues. Maxx Williams is recovering from major knee surgery. Ben Watson is recovering from a torn Achilles that forced him to miss the entire 2016 season. And despite Dennis Pitta’s comeback season in 2016, the fact that Pitta has already had two major hip surgeries cannot be ignored.
Gillmore, who is signed through next season, may be the Ravens’ best blocking tight end, and he is tough to bring down after catching the football. However, his physical playing style has taken a toll on his body. For Gillmore to have a long-term future in Baltimore, getting healthy and staying healthy will be major priorities for him in 2017.
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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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