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Stock watch: Who's up, who's down after one week of camp?

Stock watch: Who's up, who's down after one week of camp?

The Ravens have completed their first week of training camp, including four days of padded practice, and begin the preseason schedule Thursday night at home against Carolina. Here are three returning players whose stock has risen, and has fallen, in the opening week:

STOCK RISING

WR Michael Campanaro

The third-year receiver, who has missed 24 games over the past two years, is finally healthy again and has been a thorn in the Ravens defense all week. In 11-on-11 drills, Campanaro is consistently getting open and making plays.

TE Dennis Pitta

The Ravens have been in wait-and-see mode all summer with Pitta, who is trying to return after losing almost all of the last two seasons to two hip injuries. Although he sustained a sprained finger on Monday in a scuffle with Kamalei Correa, Pitta has shown no ill effects of the hip injury. He ran and caught well, and popped right up after taking a couple of shots. In short, he looks like his old self and like he will be a factor this season.

RB Terrance West

The former Towson back has done all he can to stand out in a deep running back group in which Justin Forsett, Buck Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon appear to be locks to make the team. West has played with a sense of urgency, showing decisiveness, speed and explosiveness. He's playing as if his job could be on the line, which it basically is, and he's been up to the challenge thus far.

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STOCK DOWN

CB Kyle Arrington

With Jimmy Smith and Shareece Wright entrenched as the starters, Arrington finds himself fighting for relevance in a group that includes newcomer Jerraud Powers, Sheldon Price, Will Davis and promising rookie Tavon Young.

TE Crockett Gillmore

Pitta's encouraging return, and the signing of Ben Watson, suddenly could put the Ravens starting tight end from last season back to No. 3 on the depth chart this fall. Gillmore has also missed most of the first week of camp with a hamstring injury.   

RB Lorenzo Taliaferro

The running back was already in a numbers crunch with Forsettt and Allen returning and Kenneth Dixon drafted in the fourth round. But with Taliaferro moved to the PUP list because of his lingering foot injury, he is seemingly falling further behind with each passing day.

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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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