Bobbie Williams didn't exactly come to the Ravens to sit and watch, but that's what the 6-foot-4 left guard has done all season.
Williams, who was acquired as a free agent from the Cincinnati Bengals, is in his 12th year. He has been a starter for 10 with the Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles.
Limited by a left ankle that required surgery after breaking it last season, Williams has struggled to get back to form. The Ravens start Ramon Harewood at Williams' spot. Rookie Kelechi Osemele is starting at right tackle. Michael Oher, in his fourth season, is at left tackle.
"Besides (Marshal) Yanda and (Matt) Birk, the other three are in positions where they weren't last year. You're still building that cohesiveness," Williams said. "That's real important to go out there and protect and open up holes in this league."
Harewood is in his third season but his first two have been marred by knee injuries. He's effectively a rookie in terms of game experience. Is Williams itching to get back in, especially after the Ravens have allowed eight sacks of quarterback Joe Flacco in their last two games?
"Absolutely," Williams said. "But it's not about me. It's about doing what I can to support the team and be there whenever that time comes making sure that I'm on point. Making sure that this machine doesn't stop rolling. You take one piece out, you put another piece in and it just keeps rolling."
Williams hints that he still is limited because of the injury, but he shares his wisdom and experiences to help out where needed.
"My role now is to continue to get healthy," he said. "If I have experience going against a guy, run blocking and technique I might use or something, whatever little bit helps. ... Everybody has a voice. If you've got something you can bring to the table then bring it. It's received."
When asked if he could step in and play the snaps of a starter Sunday vs. the Dallas Cowboys if needed, Williams only would smile.
"I'm just going to say I'm ready," he said. "If the time comes, I'm more than ready."
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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