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Will Chris Moore Make An Impact In 2017?

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Questions remain on every NFL roster at this point as analysts and fans alike predict what each team will do to prepare for the 2017 season.  The Baltimore Ravens have just as many questions as answers on both sides of the football going into 2017.

One recurring concern for Baltimore’s roster is what the receiving corps will look like in Week One.

Will they sign a veteran receiver as they’ve done in years past?  Probably so.

Will they draft a wide receiver in the first two days of the draft?  A likely possibility as well.

The main scope of discussion has been who’s not on the roster already, rather than who is already on it.  And, of course, any talk of receivers already on the team largely focuses on Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace.  But, there is more to think about than just those two.

Chris Moore was drafted as a part of Baltimore’s glorious 4th-round in the 2016 draft.  The 4th-round brought in starters Tavon Young and Alex Lewis, as well as Kenneth Dixon, who played more as the season went on.

Moore saw less time on the field than the other three (but more than fellow 4th-rounder Willie Henry), but he plays in a more crowded position.  It would’ve been hard to play him over Steve Smith Sr., Wallace, Perriman, and 2015 standout Kamar Aiken.  Young, Lewis, and Dixon were needed at their positions as the season went on.

But now, with Smith Sr., and presumably Aiken gone, Moore’s door to the field is open.  If the Ravens suited up for a game today, Moore would realistically be the No. 3 receiver behind Perriman and Wallace and in front of oft-injured Michael Campanero.

He has the physical attributes that receivers can’t be taught.  He’s 6’1”, 206 lbs., and owns a 4.53 40-yard-dash time.  He’s built to succeed at the pro level.

Moore had a problem with drops in his first season, but showed the ability to gain separation and find the open spot in a secondary.  Drops are a fixable problem.  Many receivers are accused of bad hands early in their careers.  And, many overcome that problem.  Catching the ball is what they get paid to do, overall.

Throughout John Harbaugh’s tenure with Baltimore, a renowned route to seeing the field on offense/defense is through special teams.  Moore made his mark in that are, scoring two touchdowns off blocked punts in two consecutive games.  He forced a fumble and recovered it in the endzone in a loss in New York, and recovered a block for a score in a victory over Pittsburgh.

Moore has everything he needs to carve his own role into this Baltimore offense.  He must work this offseason to gain as much chemistry with Joe Flacco as possible, work on his drops, and climb the depth chart.

If he wants to beat out a veteran or rookie brought in for competition, now is the time to do it.

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Ravens’ Alex Collins Arrested

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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.

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Ray Rice Says He Is Done With Football

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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.”

 

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Ravens Trying To Entice Fans With Lower Concession Prices

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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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