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Another fairy tale?

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Another fairy tale?

The Ravens had a local-boy-makes-good story last training camp when wide receiver LaQuan Williams, a Baltimore native and Poly grad, made the team as an undrafted rookie.

The fairy tale could play out again this fall after the Ravens signed undrafted offensive tackle James Carmon from Mississippi State. Carmon was among nearly two dozen undrafted players the Ravens signed in the hours after the NFL Draft ended.

Carmon grew up in Baltimore and starred at City College. Now, like Williams, he has a chance to compete for his hometown team.

Its definitely a dream come true, Carmon told the Baltimore Suns Jeff Zrebiec.

Carmon, who failed to qualify academically out of high school, spent two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He was named the nation's top junior college defensive tackle and then moved on to Mississippi State. He started three games at defensive tackle with the Bulldogs in 2010, then moved to left tackle last season and started eight games.

Carmon, 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds, is viewed as a raw prospect with physical tools.

He's a gifted athlete for his size who at worst is worth a developmentalfree agent grade, wrote the National Football Posts Wes Bunting in a pre-draft scouting report. He's the type of lineman I would love to havedevelop on my practice squad for a year and see how much he can develop."

CBS Sports.com rated Carmon the 28th-best offensive tackle in the draft and labeled him as a borderline draft pick. In the end, his name was not called, but the end result was fine with Carmon.

The whole process was really stressful. I wasnt sure if I was going to be taken, but everything happens for a reason, Carmon told the Sun.

It's considered a long-shot for any undrafted rookie to make the team, but the Ravens have a long history of success with such players, including Mike Flynn, Priests Holmes, Bart Scott, Jameel McClain and Williams.

Carmon is familiar with the story of Williams, who came out of Poly and Maryland and made the Ravens last fall as a special teams player and reserve wide receiver.

He made it, and thats what I want to do, Carmon said.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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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