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Are 3 QBs a crowd?

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Are 3 QBs a crowd?

Curtis Painter stood in with a blitz rushbearing down on him. Moments before he was clobbered by Falcons defensive endJonathan Massaquoi, Painter unloaded a 22-yard touchdown pass to DeonteThompson, one of three touchdown throws by Painter in the Ravens' 31-17preseason opening win at Atlanta. Painter, a four-year veteran who joinedthe Ravens as a free agent in April, is competing with Tyrod Taylor for theRavens backup quarterback job behind Joe Flacco. Taylor is presumed to have theedge as the No. 2 quarterback -- and in fact was the second quarterback to seeaction in Atlanta -- but Painter helped his case as well. Painter finished7-for-14 for 76 yards, and although he was badly off target on a couple ofthrows, he also threw those three touchdown passes, including the strike to Thompson inwhich he showed a veteran's poise to stand in the pocket and absorb thehit.
"Just getting some momentum is something that you can look back on and improve on," Painter said afterward. "I thought it was a good first showing. Painter started eight games last year forthe Colts, who were then coached by Jim Caldwell, now the Ravens quarterbackscoach. He has thrown 271 passes in his career, which is 270 more than Taylorhas thrown. Taylor, meawhile, showed again last nightthat he can make plays with his feet, rushing five times for 51 yards. Taylorwas 8-for-17 for 64 yards passing. Coach John Harbaugh said last week that he'dlike to find ways to get Taylor on the field, so Wildcat formations or otherwrinkles can't be ruled out. So...will it be Taylor or Painter? Or what about both? Keeping a third quarterback on the final roster wouldpresumably give the Ravens more flexibility with Taylor; an injury to Taylor ona Wildcat run, for example, would be problematic, but less so if a thirdquarterback is on the roster. Then again, keeping a third quarterback mightmean keeping five receivers instead of six. When asked earlier this week about thepossibility of keeping three quarterbacks, Harbaugh said the Ravens will gowith "what gives us the best 53-man roster" "We have three or even fourquarterbacks that we really, really like that are, obviously, good enough to beon our team. Its just going to depend on the other positions and what wedecide to do with numbers.

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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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