The Ravens have two rookie corners that will be given a chance to make an immediate impact once training camp begins. Tavon Young (fourth round) and Maurice Canady (sixth round) showed enough in minicamps to make the coaching staff optimistic.
“Canady has been outstanding in this camp,” defensive coordinator Dean Pees said during mandatory minicamp. “I’m really, really pleased with him.
“Tavon has been more – we put him inside as a nickel, even though he is an outside corner. But really, his forte, I think is in there as a nickel. I think he’s done really well. Both of them have caught on really well (and) made very few mistakes. Maurice, I think, has been one of the top production guys, really, in the whole camp of all the defensive backs.”
There are few certainties at corner heading into camp, except that Jimmy Smith will start at one spot if healthy. The starting job opposite Smith is wide open, as is the role of primary nickel cornerback. Will Davis and Shareece Wright are expected to compete for the starting job outside, but Canady could push himself into consideration. As for nickel corner, Jerraud Powers, Kyle Arrington, and Young are among those competing for playing time and roles.
With Lardarius Webb moving from corner to safety, the Ravens will need several corners to emerge as reliable players. Young and Canady were not high draft picks. But they could become important ones.
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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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