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Dennis Pitta, Todd Heap, Justin Forsett and Jarret Johnson to help 2017 Ravens broadcast team

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Dennis Pitta, Todd Heap, Justin Forsett and Jarret Johnson to help 2017 Ravens broadcast team

Four former Ravens players are making their comebacks to Baltimore, this time in the broadcast booth.

Dennis Pitta, Todd Heap, Justin Forsett and Jarret Johnson will be helping Gerry Sandusky and Stan White with play-by-play announcing on 98 Rock and WBAL NewsRadio 1090 during the Ravens' 2017 season.

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The guys will take turns, handling four games a piece, starting with tight end Dennis Pitta. 

Pitta was released by the Ravens back in June after re-injuring his hip during OTAs. Pitta was drafted by the Ravens in the fourth-round of the 2010 draft. He spent seven seasons with the Ravens and was a huge target for quarterback Joe Flacco during their Super Bowl XLVII win.

Todd Heap will cover games 5-8. Heap was a tight end with the Ravens for nine seasons. He was drafted by the Ravens during the first-round of the 2001 draft and is the team's franchise all-time leader in touchdown catches and second all-time in receptions and yards. He was inducted into the Ravens' Ring of Honor in 2014.

Next up in the booth will be running back Justin Forsett, who will handle games 9-12. Forsett spent just about three seasons with the Ravens, rushing for 2,005 yards while in Baltimore.

And finally, linebacker Jarret Johnson will cover games 13-16. Johnson was the Ravens fourth-round pick of the 2003 draft and played nine seasons with the team. He played in a team-record 129 straight regular-season games with 80 consecutive starts.

Todd, Jarret, Dennis and Justin are several all-time fan favorites,” Ravens President Dick Cass stated. “Much of our franchise’s success was built on the terrific contributions they made – both on the field and in the Baltimore community. In addition to their special ability to connect with people, each provides a unique perspective and energy that will translate to the radio booth and complement Gerry and Stan well.

Ravens fans will get to see if some of the Ravens' all-stars have some skill off the field, too.

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

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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.

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

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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."

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