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Will Mosley return to being a Pro Bowl player next season?

Will Mosley return to being a Pro Bowl player next season?

C. J. Mosley’ second NFL season in 2015 did not go as planned – no playoffs, no Pro Bowl. Will Mosley return to being one of the NFL’s elite inside linebackers in his third NFL season?

That’s what the Ravens and Mosley are expecting. Mosley will carry an even larger responsibility for the Ravens’ defense next season. Daryl Smith was released in March and signed with the Buccaneers, meaning Mosley will carry more of a leadership role, both on and off the field. The starting inside linebacker spot next to Mosley is up for grabs, but whether that player is Zach Orr, Arthur Brown, or someone else, they will follow Mosley’s lead.

Don’t expect Ray Lewis-type speeches from Mosley. Not his style. But underneath Mosley’s even-keel temperament is a burning desire to win. Remember, Mosley played college football at Alabama, where SEC and national championships are the expectation every season. Mosley lost more games last season than he lost during his entire career at Alabama. So if Mosley feels the need to make teammates uncomfortable with his words next season, Mosley says he’s up for that. Better than going through another 5-11 season.

“I think I have to be more of a vocal leader this year,” said Mosley at the beginning of offseason workouts in April. “It’s not (like) me to be the one to talk a lot.

“Honestly, I think it’s just a mindset thing, because you can always be a leader by example. But when you feel like it’s, ‘OK, somebody has to say something,’ that’s when you have to be like, ‘Alright, it’s my time to do that.’”

Mosley’s best seasons should be ahead. He doesn’t turn 24 years old until June 19. He has never missed a game in two years. He was the first player in franchise history to make the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

The Pro Bowl is reportedly moving to Orlando next season. Mosley would rather be preparing for the Super Bowl that week, but it’s important for Mosley to re-establish himself as one of the league’s rising young stars, and to lead a defense that helps the Ravens return to the playoffs.

Asked what he learned from 2015, Mosley said, “Well, we know what not to do this year, for sure…I feel like we just have to bounce back.”

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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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