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What beating the Ravens would mean to Tyrod Taylor

What beating the Ravens would mean to Tyrod Taylor

The chance to beat the Ravens on Sunday has to be special for Tyrod Taylor.

Not that Taylor left the Ravens with hard feelings. But beating his former team would more be evidence of Taylor’s rapid career climb, from backup to Joe Flacco for four years (2011-14), to starting quarterback with the Bills.

“I’m excited to go back and play against those guys,” Taylor said during a conference call Wednesday. “As far as coming into the stadium on the opposite side, that will definitely be different. I haven’t been back to Baltimore, to M&T Bank Stadium, since I left.”

Taylor has been busy. Last year he won the starting job, led the Bills to an 8-6 record during his starts, and completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 3,035 yards, 20 TD’s, and just six interceptions.

That solid play led to a contract extension for Taylor. But he knows some people are still not convinced he’ll be the man in Buffalo long term.

“People are always going to doubt,” Taylor said.

“That doesn’t motivate, or take my focus away. My job is to do whatever it takes to find a way to win. What motivates me is being the best on the field each and every week.”

Taylor and Flacco remain close. Taylor texted Flacco within hours of his season-ending knee injury last year, and they spoke on the telephone as Taylor offered encouragement.  For four years Flacco and Taylor sat in meetings together, watched film together, and exchanged ideas. Taylor said all of that helped him develop.

“I’ve definitely learned from Joe, watching a guy for four years, his daily preparation in the classroom, how he took his preparation to the field in practice and in games,” Taylor said. “We learned from three different coordinators together, (which) allowed us to pick up offenses in a short manner of time.”

When Taylor’s contract expired after the 2014 season, the Ravens were interested in having Taylor re-sign as Flacco’s backup. But the chance to start in Buffalo was something Taylor couldn’t pass up.

Now Taylor is preparing to make his return to Baltimore, not as a backup, but as a threat to lead the Bills to victory. The Ravens are happy that Taylor has a starting job. What they don’t want Taylor to have is a victory on Sunday.

“He’s very elusive, we got a lot of practice against him when he was here,” said Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. “Against an athletic quarterback like that, he has the capability to extend plays. We accept the challenge. We know what he can do, what he’s capable of.”  

 

 

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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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