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The way-too-early 2016 Ravens two-deep: Previewing the offense

The way-too-early 2016 Ravens two-deep: Previewing the offense

The Ravens have a few more weeks of R&R before they return to Owings Mills to begin 2016 training camp.

Of course, a lot will change between now and Sept. 11, when the Ravens open the season against the Bills. But here's our own unofficial, it's-way-too-early training camp two-deep, with some caveats based on injury.

(Some projected starters such as Steve Smith and Elvis Dumervil are expected to miss most or all of camp.)

QUARTERBACK:

Joe Flacco, Ryan Mallett

No suspense here. The Ravens will be praying Flacco doesn't suffer any camp setback with his surgically-repaired knee.

RUNNING BACK:

Justin Forsett, Buck Allen

The carries will likely be distributed this year among Forsett, Allen, rookie Kenneth Dixon and maybe even a fourth back (Terrance West? Lorenzo Taliaferro?), but Forsett remains No. 1 when healthy. Kyle Jusczyk isn't listed here but remains in the fullback role.

TIGHT END:

Ben Watson, Dennis Pitta

Pitta's health will be one of the biggest stories of camp, but he looked ready to go in minicamp. If his twice-repaired hip holds up, you can bet Flacco will want him on the field. If not, and Pitta is forced to the sideline again, Crockett Gillmore becomes the No. 2. Maxx Williams will be on the field plenty as well. This group is deep and loaded, though not as deep as before suspensions sidelined Nick Boyle (10 games) and Darren Waller (4).

WIDE RECEIVER:

Steve Smith, Chris Moore

Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace

Smith, Aiken and Wallace will all figure prominently, and the Ravens will be looking for Moore to make an impact as a rookie, too. Wait, no Breshad Perriman? He'll crack the two-deep when he's healthy, but at this point, who knows when that will be? Ditto for Michael Campanaro, who might be one more nagging injury from missing out on the roster. Former Navy QB Keenan Reynolds doesn't crack the two-deep but his development as a receiver and returner bears close watching.

OFFENSIVE LINE:

LT - Ronnie Stanley, James Hurst

LG - John Urschel, Vladimir Ducasse

C - Jeremy Zuttah, Ryan Jensen

RG - Marshal Yanda, Vladimir Ducasse

RT - Rick Wagner, Alex Lewis

The left guard is Urschel's to lose, although the veteran Ducasse and Jensen could be in the mix as well. Lewis opened some eyes this spring as a rookie and could get a look at guard or tackle. Everyone here benefits from another season alongside Yanda, the best in the business.

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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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