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Three ripple effects of Perriman's injury for Ravens

Three ripple effects of Perriman's injury for Ravens

Breshad Perriman’s latest knee injury obviously impacts the Ravens’ depth chart at wide receiver. With Perriman sidelined indefinitely, if not for the entire 2016 season, here are three ripple effects:

1. An opportunity has emerged for someone to earn more playing time at wide receiver.

Perriman was one of the top four receivers on the Ravens’ depth chart, joining Steve Smith Sr., Kamar Aiken, and Mike Wallace. Now Perriman is out, Smith is still rehabbing from last year’s Achilles injury, and Michael Campanaro is dealing with a calf injury. That means Chris Moore, Keenan Reynolds, Jeremy Butler, Daniel Brown, Kaelin Clay, and Chris Matthews will all get more reps, both at the three-day mandatory minicamp which begins Tuesday, and during training camp in July.


2. Wallace and Moore face more pressure to become productive deep threats.

Losing Perriman doesn’t look as devastating on paper as it did last season, but Wallace is coming off his worst NFL season with the Vikings (39 catches, 473 yards, two touchdowns), and Moore is a rookie. Wallace and Moore have the most speed among the Ravens’ healthy receivers. If neither is a reliable deep threat, the Ravens’ offense may not be as explosive as they hope.

3. The Ravens’ abundance of pass-catching tight ends becomes a bigger plus.

With Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams, and Dennis Pitta at tight end, the Ravens aren’t dependent on any one target, either at wide receiver or tight end. Perriman has potential, but he still hasn’t played an NFL game. It’s hard not to feel for Perriman. But if he misses another season, quarterback Joe Flacco still has more weapons at this point than in 2015.


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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.


“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.