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Tackle BryantMcKinnie and center Matt Birk both returned to action with the first teamoffensive line on Monday, just in time for guard Bobbie Williams to sit outpractice. You get thefeeling the Ravens' projected starting offensive line won't play together forthe first time until the regular-season opener on Sept. 10. The unsettled nature of the line was apparent in the preseason opener, when some miscommunication breakdowns led to quarterback Joe Flacco being hit hard a few times in his one quarter of work.
McKinnie, whoreported to camp a few days late and is still working into shape, had playedwith the second team in the preseason opener on Thursday in Atlanta. Birk (back spasms)didn't play at all in that game after missing practice in the week leading upto that game.Williams,expected to be the starting left guard, is nursing a swollen ankle. Coach JohnHarbaugh said after practice Monday that Williams will be given another day off onTuesday to rest the ankle. "He reallyhas been working hard, but he needs it and it will be good for him,"Harbaugh said. "It will help him."In Williams'place, rookie Kelechi Osemele took reps with the first team at left guard.Before McKinnie returned to the first unit, regular right tackle Michael Ohershifted to the left side to spell McKinnie, and Osemele had played at righttackle. Second-yearlineman Jah Reid, who has been sidelined all camp by a calf injury, also returned to the field Monday, playing right tackle, though Harbaugh said Reid will also get alook at guard. When Ben Grubbsleft via free agency, Reid was considered one of the leading in-housecandidates to replace him as the Ravens starting left guard. But then theRavens signed Williams, and Reid's preseason has been slowed byinjury.If it seems as ifthe Ravens are doing a lot of mixing and matching with the offensive line rightnow, it's because they are. And it appears that will continue, perhaps all theway through the preseason. "I thinkits important to look at guys in different spots," Harbaugh said."In the end, it will pay off for us, because guys will be more versatile,and we want to make sure we dont miss anything. So, we have an opportunity todo that now.

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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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