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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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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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2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 3.0: OT Orlando Brown a popular pick

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2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 3.0: OT Orlando Brown a popular pick

The saddest time of year is here. 

No, it's not Valentine's Day and remembering you have no one to spend it with. It's realizing football season is over.

Thursday's and Sunday's have now opened up for you, leaving you with plenty of time to search through mock drafts.

Post-Super Bowl, have there been any additions to the Ravens' list of prospects? Let's take a look.


NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig

Marcus Davenport (DE)

Coming out of University Texas-San Antonio, the 6-6, 255 pound defensive end is unlikely to be taken at No.16.

Why? Owner Steve Bisciotti said at his State of the Ravens press conference, "I think that there is a really good chance that we won’t be drafting a defensive tackle in the first round."

It would be safe to say an offensive player will be of much more importance to the team in the first-round than another defensive one.

Kerryon Johnson (RB)

Standig does have the Ravens taking an offensive player at No. 52. 

The running back out of Auburn rushed for 1,391 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2017.

CBS Sports, Rotoworld, NFL.com, Land of 10

Orlando Brown (OT)

Out of Oklahoma, Brown stands at 6-8, 345 pounds and was a unanimous first-team All-American among being named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year. 

Rotoworld's analysis states, "Brown will be a controversial prospect. It might not look pretty at all times, but Brown frequently accomplishes his assignment with length, size and power. And when all of those function as one, he moves defenders. In this scenario Brown would play right tackle."

Todd McShay: ESPN

Vita Vea (DT)

At 6-4, 344 pounds Vea's draft profile highlights his combination of size and being light on his feet. 

Again, a defensive player is unlikely considering Bisciotti's comments.

Bleacher Report

James Washington (WR)

Out of Washington State, the 6-1, 205 pound receiver finished his senior year with 74 receptions for 1549 yards and 13 TDs. 

He was also the winner of the Biletnikoff Award for the nations top receiver, a unanimous All-American, unanimous first-team All Big 12 and midseason All-American.

Washington could be a good snag if other viable WRs are gone by pick No. 16. 

Sporting News

Calvin Ridley (WR)

General manager Ozzie Newsome has a tendency to draft guys from his alma mater, and with 'Bama coming off of another national championship, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Ridley go to the Ravens. 

Standing at 6-1 and 190 pounds, Ridley had 63 receptions during his 2017 season for 967 yards and five touchdowns.