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Taking Bosa over Stanley was always the plan, according to Chargers

Taking Bosa over Stanley was always the plan, according to Chargers

According to the Chargers, Ronnie Stanley had zero chance of being drafted by them with the No. 3 pick.

There were rumors that the Chargers might take Stanley at No. 3, looking for a left tackle to protect quarterback Philip Rivers. Instead, the Chargers took pass rusher Joey Bosa, and the Ravens took Stanley at No. 6, after their attempt to trade up to No. 4 to take defensive back Jalen Ramsey fell through. Ramsey went No. 5 to the Jaguars.

The Chargers have not hidden their delight about drafting Bosa, and have said speculation about Stanley helped keep their true intentions secret.

“Sometimes when you hear rumors, you can piece together where it came from,” Chargers president of football operations John Spanos told the Chargers’ website. “In the specific case of the Ronnie Stanley rumor, I have no clue where that came from. So I was really amused, and I didn’t feel a need to set the record straight. I just sat back and enjoyed the false speculation.”

This should be more gasoline to fuel Stanley’s fire. The Chargers have said they never considered taking Stanley at No. 3. The Ravens tried trading up to get Ramsey, before they took Stanley. Many people believe Laremy Tunsil would have been the first left tackle taken instead of Stanley, but Tunsil’s infamous gas mask video surfaced on social media just before the draft started. After that, Tunsil plummeted to No. 13 where the Dolphins took him.

If you’re Stanley, wouldn’t you want to prove that you’re a better left tackle than Tunsil? That you’ll be a better NFL player than either Bosa or Ramsey?

The Chargers are giddy about getting Bosa.

But the Ravens hope Stanley gets the last laugh.

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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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