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Bisciotti relying on Newsome, Harbaugh to right Ravens' ship

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Bisciotti relying on Newsome, Harbaugh to right Ravens' ship

OWINGS MILLS – Saying he was “disappointed yeah, mad no,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti displayed continued faith Thursday in general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh , after the worst season in Harbaugh’s eight-year tenure.

Highlights of Thursday’s “State of the Ravens” press conference included:

-  Bisciotti said he did not see the talent gap widening between the Ravens and the two AFC North teams that made the playoffs, the Bengals and the Steelers.

“It’s a fair question,” Bisciiotti said. “They were asking that in Pittsburgh when they went 8-8 two years ago. Their drafts weren’t top notch, they had too many old players.

“I’m concerned about it, but when I look at their rosters, I don’t think there’s a huge talent difference.  I think Cincinnati is probably being touted as the class of our division. We get all our players back, I think we’ll close that gap. If we have a good draft, if we do well in free agency, I think we can compete with them. But yeah, that’s a stain, I think, Cincinnati beating  us as frequently as they have recently.” 

- Bisciotti preached continuity, pointing out that recent Super Bowl winners like the Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, and Saints all had head coaches in the midst of long tenures. 

- Newsome said the Ravens needed to add at least one wide receiver, if not two, between free agency and the draft. That makes it clear the Ravens are not banking on how well Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman recover from last year’s injuries.

- Newsome said restructuring Joe Flacco’s contract was a priority, but not a necessity. Flacco has a cap number of $28.55 million for next season.

“Hopefully if we are strategic enough, we can possibly put together a football team, and not necessarily redo Joe’s contract.”

- Harbaugh said both offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and defensive coordinator Dean Pees would return.

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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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