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Battle kicks into high gear

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Battle kicks into high gear

As one ball after another flew through the uprights at M&T Bank Stadium during yesterdays public practice, fans could see what the Ravens coaches have known since minicamp: The battle for the kicker job is shaping up to be a doozy.

Veteran Billy Cundiff and rookie Justin Tucker were both superb yesterday in front of roughly 20,000 fans who braved the heat and humidity to watch the Ravens work out. Whether kicking in a drill or in simulated pressure situations, both kickers were up to the task.

Cundiff got things going by making five straight kicks in the field-goal portion of practice, hitting from 30, 41, 48, 54 and 31 yards. Tucker answered, also hitting from 30, 41, 48 and 54. But for Tuckers fifth kick, he backed up and nailed a 63-yarder. Seeing that, Cundiff set up from 65 yards. His kick was online but fell just a few yards short.

Its amazing the competitiveness of these guys, coach John Harbaugh said. Tuck makes the 63 yarder, so Billys like, Put it back to 65. It was a great kick, just a little bit short. Both those kicks were pretty amazing.

Tucker noted that if Cundiff had made the 65-yarder, "I would have asked for the same kick."

I think they just wanted to let us have some fun out there today and let em rip, he said.

The kicks just kept coming during situational drills. At one point, the Ravens simulated being down by two points in the final minute at the opposing 41-yard line. The drive stalled, but then Cundiff hit a 57-yard field goal.

For the next series, the Ravens trailed by two in the final minute. Lest there be any doubt about the pressure, the Ravens used the stadium clock throughout the drill. With three seconds left, Tucker calmly walked out and hit a 48-yarder for the win.

We got of reps for the kickers in game-like situations. Harbaugh said. Both those guys kicked about as well as you can kick.

Tucker made some pressure kicks in his career at Texas, but he admitted being fired up for his first experience in an NFL stadium as an NFL player.

I wanted to treat today like a game day, Tucker said. That was kind of the environment in this locker room before we all headed out. Getting a good number of kicks, and making them all, I couldnt have asked for anything more.

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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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