Reports that Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss significant time with a shoulder injury will change the Ravens’ game plan for Sunday’s game in Cleveland. Instead of preparing for Griffin, the Ravens will expect to see Josh McCown starting at quarterback for the Browns, and McCown has been a nemesis for the Ravens.
McCown threw for 457 yards and two touchdowns last year in Week 5 against the Ravens, as the Browns left M&T Bank Stadium with a 33-30 victory. The Ravens won the Week 12 rematch against the Browns in Cleveland, 33-27, but McCown still threw for 212 yards to go along with one touchdown and one interception. McCown also beat the Ravens when he was with the Bears in 2013, when Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman was the Bears’ head coach.
Trestman’s familiarity with McCown and the Ravens’ previous games against him will help their preparation. However, this will be the Ravens’ first look at McCown since Hue Jackson took over as Browns head coach.
The Ravens have enough experience dealing with McCown to know that he is capable of hurting them. But the Ravens’ are coming off an excellent defensive performance in Sunday’s season opener against the Bills, and McCown isn’t as mobile as Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, nor is McCown as mobile as Griffin. The Ravens sacked McCown a total of five times in two games against him last season. If the Ravens’ pass rush can harass McCown in Week 2, it will improve their chances for a 2-0 start.
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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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