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Bears, Ravens missing first round wideouts

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Bears, Ravens missing first round wideouts

It's a passing league, and the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears looked to take advantage of this year's deep receiving group by adding a playmaker. Kevin White was selected seventh overall by Chicago to join Alshon Jeffery, in hopes of replacing the now departed Brandon Marshall. Baltimore tabbed Breshad Perriman as the right player to make up for the loss of Torrey Smith with the 26th pick in the draft.

Fast forward to the second week of preseason football and neither team has seen their first round investments on the field in a game setting. Perriman practiced just once, that being on the first day of training camp. Chicago never even got to see White go through one practice as a full participant due to him sustaining a stress fracture in his shin at the end of OTA's in June. The Bears announced on Saturday that White would undergo surgery and could miss the first six games of the season or the season in it's entirety.

As for Perriman, today marked the 12th consecutive practice he's missed due to a knee injury he suffered on the first day of camp. At this point, no timetable has been placed in regard to his return. While it's understandably frustrating that Perriman hasn't returned, looking at the situation in Chicago it's clear things could be far worse. His situation is far less murky than his rookie classmate in White, Baltimore looks forward to his return.

Several players returned to practice for the Ravens today including Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken, Darryl Baldwin, and DeAngelo Tyson. With Michael Campanaro missing practice, Perriman is no longer the only wideout sidelined.

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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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