How much Bobbie Williams can contribute to the Ravens' offensive line remain to be seen, but the banged-up veteran is fighting for a starting job.
Rookie Kelechi Osemele, who had started the first two preseason games at right tackle, has gotten a lot of work with the first team at left guard, too.
Williams, in his 13th season, is coming off a broken ankle with the Cincinnati Bengals last season. Coach John Harbaugh has given him time off to rest during training camp as Osemele has shown surprisingly good form for a rookie.
Harbaugh maintains the Ravens benefit from Williams' presence even though he hasn't been 100.
"Bobbie is just an outgoing personality. Hes got a lot of fire, really positive, up-lifting kind of guy. (He) fits our locker room really well," Harbaugh said. "Guys love being around him, so hes brought that kind of leadership style. Its been good.
Williams was moved to right guard earlier in the week as he practiced with the first team there. He got the start vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night because usual starter, Marshal Yanda, injured his knee in practice.
"He kind of tweaked it a little bit. Its nothing serious, but we had a little pileup there, which we were kind of disappointed by. It wasnt anyones fault," Harbaugh said.
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.
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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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