Zachary Orr’s short lived NFL career will probably go unnoticed by many fans that aren’t connected with the Baltimore Ravens. Which is unfortunate, because he was on his way to being a star before an early retirement. Orr was an undrafted linebacker from North Texas who started one season for Baltimore. During that one season, though, Ravens fans fell hard for this future stud.
He finishes his career with 162 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, and 3 interceptions. Of those career stats, all but 30 tackles and his lone sack came during the 2016 season.
Before the 2016 season, the inside linebacker position next to C.J. Mosley was a huge question mark.
Many fans and draft analysts called for Baltimore to draft Myles Jack with the no. 6 pick to pair with Mosley. After the draft, many people envisioned Kamalei Correa would step into the void. Others wanted to see Daryl Smith back in a Ravens uniform for at least one more year.
But, none of that happened. Instead, Orr rose through the depth chart and started 15 games, led the defense in tackles (132), and accounted for 6 turnovers. His play stood out every time he was on the field this season. I consistently found myself writing about Orr’s play in my “What I Liked” sections of my weekly Ravens Recaps.
Baltimore’s inside linebackers of the future were being viewed as a major strong point for the defense. C.J. Mosley was selected for his second Pro Bowl, and Orr certainly proved he would belong there soon.
Inside linebacker was nowhere near the top of the list in terms of this upcoming off-season’s needs. Now, it should be at least in the top five. And it’s not higher simply because of Kamalei Correa already being on the roster.
But, as we all know, Orr was forced into early retirement at the age of 24 due to a congenital spine/neck condition that had been previously undiscovered until a neck stinger he suffered in his final NFL game.
Orr’s presence in Baltimore this past year was felt at his retirement press conference with HC John Harbaugh, GM Ozzie Newsome, and DC Dean Pees speaking with him to the press.
All three speakers talked about the effect Orr has had on this team, how great of a player he is, and how much of a loss this is for Baltimore’s defense.
What was also shown was how strong of a person Orr is. He had finally tasted what it was like to start in the NFL. And he proved the sky was the limit for his potential. In an instant that was taken from him, and his positivity through his situation spoke volumes about his character.
He consistently spoke about being grateful for his opportunities, even though they were limited. Instead of complaining about his misfortune, he focused on the future.
He has a bright future ahead of him, and he will always be remembered in Baltimore for his 2016 performance.
Ravens’ Alex Collins Arrested
Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins was arrested early on Friday morning following a car crash about a mile from the Ravens’ team facility, according to a report from the Baltimore Sun.
Per the report: Officers responded to a report of a car that had crashed into a tree on the 10000 block of Dolfield Road at about 6:48 a.m. Friday morning, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Peach said.
Collins, 24, was arrested, however charges were not made public at the time of this writing.
Ravens vice president of public relations Chad Steele told The Baltimore Sun that the team has spoken with law enforcement and is aware of the situation involving Collins.
Collins is coming off a down year with Baltimore after a breakout campaign in 2017. Collins managed only 411 yards rushing in 2018 and was placed on injured reserve back in December, ending his season early.
Ray Rice Says He Is Done With Football
Former NFL running back Ray Rice, who had been working to try and get a second chance in the NFL over the past couple of years, is no longer pursuing a comeback.
“I’ll be the first one to say it; I don’t have to retire to tell you I’m done with football” Rice said, during an interview on CBS This Morning.
“The pressure I was under of being a star, that was the person I hated the most.”
Rice was suspended indefinitely back in 2014 when a video surfaces showing Rice punching his then-fiancee, now wife, Janay Rice while the two were alone in an elevator.
Rice was never picked up by another team following the conclusion of his suspension, and his release from the Baltimore Ravens.
Rice said that he sees “similarities” between his situation and the one of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who was recently cut loose by the team when a video surfaced showing him pushing and kicking a woman in a hallway.
“Somewhere down the line everybody who’s sayin’, ‘Does he deserve a second chance for football?’ And this that and the other— I actually got my second chance” Rice said of Hunt, who cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
“During my darkest moments, and I used to ask myself, ‘How could she even be—want to support me?’ … That’s understandable. But I think what’s misunderstood about us is that the friends we were before the incident. That’s why, like I said, when I look at Kareem Hunt, I wanna know what his life was like. I want to know what happened in life. I know Kareem has apologized, and has expressed remorse for survivors of domestic violence.”
Ravens Trying To Entice Fans With Lower Concession Prices
The Baltimore Ravens are attempting to win back fans and their latest plan is making a big step toward doing just that as the team announced on Tuesday that they will reduce concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium in 2018.
The Ravens have been on a mission to bring back fans who were angered by some players’ national anthem protests coupled with their 3-year playoff drought.
A series of moves have demonstrated their efforts. The team invited fans to ask questions at a media pre-draft news conference held a question-and-answer session with fans at the team facility with owner Steve Bisciotti, coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, and also have had team president Dick Cass meet and talk to fan clubs.
While the team has sold out every game during their 20-year history at M&T Bank Stadium, empty seats grew in numbers as the 2017 season wore on, and the no-shows are very obvious.
The organization is taking this initiative very seriously.
“It’s something I would really like to take a hard look at, and at least, come up with select items that we can do,” Bisciotti said back in February of this year.
“If it means us … I can’t make Aramark do that with me, but I can make them go along as long as it’s my share of the profits that I’m waiving. Yeah, I’d like to take a look at that. I think we could probably do that.”
There is an official news conference scheduled for Thursday where the Ravens will officially announce price reductions on concessions.
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