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What to make of the big-play 'taste' Breshad Perriman offered vs. Bills

What to make of the big-play 'taste' Breshad Perriman offered vs. Bills

Breshad Perriman called it just “a taste,” but his spectacular, leaping 35-yard grab in tight coverage gave the Ravens and their fans their first true glimpse of what they might have in their 2015 first-round draft pick.

Perriman’s catch was his only one of the day, and was one of the few offensive highlights in the Ravens’ 13-7 season-opening win over the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. But that grab – along with Mike Wallace’s 66-yard catch for the game’s only touchdown – suggested the Ravens have a big-play element they sorely lacked last season.

Drafted to be a plug-and-play deep threat the Ravens badly needed, Perriman instead missed all of last season with a knee injury, then missed much of 2016 training camp with another knee injury. Perriman finally made his Ravens debut in the last preseason game at New Orleans and made two catches.

Perriman didn’t have a huge workload against the Bills, but midway through the first quarter, Flacco found him in one-on-one coverage down the left sideline. He lofted a pass that Perriman caught with a fully-extended leap over Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

“I feel like that was just a taste, just a sample,” Perriman said. “I feel like there’s a lot more bigger things to come. I’m still getting my feet wet.”

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Perriman called it “a relief” just be back on the field again and to make his M&T Bank Stadium debut. He said he wasn’t even sure he came down inbounds with the grab until he heard a roar from the crowd.

So almost 16 months after the Ravens made him their first pick of the 2015 draft, Perriman’s first official catch is finally in the books.

 “I was so in the moment,” he said. “I knew the day would come. I knew it’s what I’m here to do. … Making the catch, it’s just something I know how to do.”

Flacco, who targeted Perriman twice, hasn’t had much practice with Perriman, but he said he has no hesitation throwing his way.

“I’m taking the shot no matter what,” Flacco said. "I don’t care if he came down with it or not. It was great he came down with it. That’s a 30-yard chunk … Hopefully it will turn into him running by guys and going for a touchdown, just like we did with Mike (Wallace).

“It’s nice to be able to give him chances,” Flacco added. “We haven’t had a lot of time together, but I’m going to trust him to make those plays no matter what.”

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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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