Quick Links

Outpouring of sympathy, respect for Ray Lewis


Outpouring of sympathy, respect for Ray Lewis

The news that Ray Lewis' season is over after he tore his triceps in Sunday's game vs. the Dallas Cowboys has created a buzz. Will this mean the end for the Ravens' linebacker, who was in his 17th year?

He has yet to speak about his status after being diagnosed via MRI on Monday. Coach John Harbaugh refused to speculate if this would be the end.

"That's for Ray to speak on," Harbaugh said. "I'll be looking forward to seeing what he says about that."

Players and analysts sent good wishes and didn't hesitate to speculate about Lewis' future on Twitter:

"Mann I hope Ray Lewis don't retire. Dudes a warrior. Much respect from. Hope ya have a speedy recovery 5two!" -- Cardinals LB Darnell Dockett

"I have so much respect for the way Ray Lewis plays the game. I hope this isn't it for him!!!" -- Mark Schlereth, ESPN analyst and former G for Redskins and Broncos

"While i dont like getting hit by him, im sorry to hear about ray lewis being out for the yr...hes as iconic to the NFL as anyone in the game" -- Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams

"Ray Lewis has helped progress this game so guys like myself have something to strive to be...a professional. Prayers sent up" -- Robert Griffin III, Redskins QB

"Sad to see my man Ray Lewis go down, definitely structured my game around him physically and emotionally and is the reason I wore 52" -- Buccaneers DT Eric LeGrand

"Just heard on ESPN that ray lewis is out 4 the yr. hate hearing that because hes 1 of the NFL's true legends. wishing him a full recovery"  -- Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley

"Sucks to hear abt Ray Lewis he is an NFL Icon that i grew up watching. I was excited abt chance to play him again.wish him a speedy recovery" -- Texans RB Ben Tate

"The Ray Lewis i know will not end his career off this injury.He's conquered much more than this.He will determine when its over not a injury" -- Hall of Fame DB Deion Sanders, NFL Network analyst

"Grew up watching/looking up to Ray Lewis. Wishing him a speedy recovery. And yes, I'm working hard everyday to get myself back on the field." -- Redskins WR Pierre Garcon

"Ray lewis and junior seau the 2 most intense and inspirational players i have ever seen . Ray u are a legend God bless you" -- Rodney Harrison, NBC analyst and former DB for Patriots and Chargers

Quick Links

Ravens cancel Saturday's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium

USA Today Sports

Ravens cancel Saturday's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium

The Baltimore Ravens cancelled Saturday night's free open practice at M&T Bank Stadium due to a forecast that calls for heavy rain and inclement weather.

There is no official word from the team on whether this practice will be resheduled, but it seems like Sunday may be an option, even though there's rain in the forecast then too.

Ravens fans who were looking to see first-round draft pick and potential future starting quarterback Lamar Jackson will have to wait for another day. His presence at training camp, an inevitable competition with the incumbent, Joe Flacco, and potential two-quarterback packages involving both of them are set to be some of the biggest storylines of Ravens camp this summer.

As a Heisman Trophy winner, Jackson was one of the most dynamic players in college football during his time at Louisville. If he can replicate that kind of performance in the NFL, he will be at plenty more training camp sessions for Ravens fans to watch.


Quick Links

After breakout 2017 season, Ravens running back Alex Collins isn't getting too comfortable

AP Images

After breakout 2017 season, Ravens running back Alex Collins isn't getting too comfortable

This time last year, running back Alex Collins wasn't a part of the Baltimore Ravens.

After being released by the Seattle Seahawks at the end of the 2017 preseason, the Ravens placed the 23-year-old on their practice squad, and by Week 2, Collins was already making plays.

As the season progressed, Collins found himself as the Ravens' top running back. He finished 2017 as the team's leading rusher with 973 yards while Javorius "Buck" Allen followed behind him with 591 yards.

If the 2018 NFL season began today, Collins would likely be the Ravens' starter, which is quite ironic considering the fate of his 2017 preseason.

"I always go back to where I started and where I am now, and I use that as my motivation," Collins said after Thursday's training camp practice.

"No matter the day, no matter how tired I am, I think to myself, at this time last year, I didn’t know my position, where I was, where I’d end up. So just having that security behind it is definitely my motivation to keep it this way and keep pushing forward and keep trying to get better instead of being complacent.”

Over the course of 15 games, Collins proved he had the strength and speed to make an impact on the team after Danny Woodhead suffered a hamstring injury on the first drive of the Ravens' Week 1 game and Kenneth Dixon sat out the entire season with a torn meniscus. 

While job security is something we all strive for, Collins isn't getting too comfortable with the hierarchy. 

“I don’t want to say necessarily ‘comfortable,’ because when I use that word, it makes me feel like I’m too relaxed and lackadaisical," Collins said.

"I’m more focused. I don’t want to get comfortable. I don’t want the team or our group to get comfortable, because we just want to get better every day. So, in the position I am, it’s a great feeling, but I’m always pushing myself to be better.”

While Collins has set personal goals for himself – like a 1,000-yard season – he is equally as focused on making the Ravens backfield one of the best groups in the National Football League. 

“I expect that," Collins said on being the Ravens' starter.

"I would hope that all the other running backs expect [to be the starter] as well, and that’s what kind of drives our group – when we all know that we have that capability to be the No. 1 guy, and we’re out competing and push each other and try to be the best. No matter who’s out there during the game, you’ll see a productive play out of that person. So, I have that mindset. I want to be the guy. I have that fire in me, and I hope [that is] as well as the other running backs, as I encouraged them as well.”

Collins noted that he's coming into training camp a bit heavier. He added five pounds to his 200-pound frame "just to see how that feels," but is still maintaining the stamina and strength he's always had. 

Collins – who was one of several veterans released from practice early as the team begins to adjust their way into the extended preseason – finished his media availability with a friendly warning to fantasy football owners: "Draft me now before it’s too late, guys."