OWINGS MILLS – Only three current Ravens were with the team in 2008 when Joe Flacco first arrived – punter Sam Koch, linebacker Terrell Suggs, and guard Marshal Yanda.
Adjusting to new teammates is nothing new for Flacco. So as the Ravens continue OTA’s on Monday with a workout that is open to the media, Flacco says it’s important to separate the business and personal side of life in the NFL.
“There’s a ton of turnover, you realize that very quickly,” said Flacco. “Coaches, the same thing."
John Harbaugh is the only head coach Flacco has ever played for. However, Marc Trestman is Flacco’s fourth different offensive coordinator, following Cam Cameron, Jim Caldwell, and Gary Kubiak.
Two wide receivers left the team this offseason who won a Super Bowl with Flacco -Torrey Smith, who signed as a free agent with the 49ers, and Jacoby Jones, who was released and picked up by the Chargers. However, the Ravens went wide receiver (Breshad Perriman) and tight end (Maxx Williams) with their first two draft picks, and Flacco is convinced the Ravens have enough weapons.
Building chemistry with those weapons is an important part of OTA’s for Flacco. Flacco does not anticipate adjustment issues with his new receivers, or with Trestman.
“No I don’t,” Flacco said. “I don’t know if you don’t think about it, but I don’t expect it. I think we’ve got good guys, and we’re going in the direction we’re going in for a reason and we’re going to be a very good team because of it.”
Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.
On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.
The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.
"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website.
Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.
Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.
On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below.
In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change.
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Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.
Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.
That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32.
Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back.
However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.
If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward.
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