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Birk looks forward to helping younger linemen

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Birk looks forward to helping younger linemen

Matt Birk came into the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings in 1998. He was a sixth-round pick out of Harvard but remembers the way several veteran linemen helped smooth out the tough early days.
Now hes looking forward to doing the same things with the younger Ravens on the offensive line in 2012.
Birk went through his first day of workouts on Tuesday, starting his 15th NFL season. The Ravens will have a number of players on the line looking for experience, guys like Gino Gradkowski and Kelechi Osemele. Theyll have plenty of questions while adjusting to life in the NFL, and Birk knows the importance of having someone to answer questions.
I remember the way that Jeff Christy and Randall McDaniel and Todd Steussie and Korey Stringer and those guys looked out for me, Birk said. Eventually, I replaced Christy. Its part of the deal. Its how this thing works.
Birk knows that Gradkowski could be the guy who takes his job when the former Harvard lineman walks off the field for the final time.
But Birk understands that Gradkowski and the others need to learn about what to do in so many different situations on and off the field.
I just try to be a resource for Ginoand any of the young guys, Birk said. I just want to encourage them and help them out any way I can.
Birk said the more experienced players dont need to be coaches. But he feels that veteran players can help the younger guys figure out smaller things to let them do their jobs better.
It might be a little technique or a question on a play or how to handle a certain situation. But hell have the answers to those questions based upon his years of experience, with answers that could solve puzzles for the rookies.
Experience is important, Birk said. Veterans can give valuable input, sometimes on scheme but a lot of times on approach. Theres really no substitute for experience, and I think the veteran guys we do have are good guys, are right-way guys. Its good examples for the younger players.

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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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