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Boldin a leader for young receivers

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Boldin a leader for young receivers

Anquan Boldin is one of the most solid, dependable wide receivers in the NFL. The 31-year olds numbers have dropped a bit since coming to the Ravens two years ago, but they dont throw as much as his previous team.

But numbers dont always mean everything in the NFL. Boldin is a true leader among a young group of wide receivers who are looking to find their way. Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and others are trying to improve and give Joe Flacco and the Ravens more of a downfield passing attack.

The big thing for Boldin is hes still just having fun going on the field. He loves his job, enjoys what he does and is glad to still have a chance to keep doing it.

Its definitely a blessing for me, he said when talking to the media earlier this week at training camp. I count my blessings every time I come up, because the life expectancy in this league is about three years. You find a guy like Ray Lewis who plays 17 years, or Ed Reed, whos played 11, or myself whos played 10we beat the odds.

The success Boldins had at playing so many years seems to be something that pushes him. Hes not cruising through practices and relaxing now.

Boldin wants to keep playing and working and improving. Boldin doesnt try to cut corners or anything like that. He still wants to be as good as possible.

I think for us, we arent satisfied just being on the field, Boldin said of guys like Lewis and Reed and himself. We still want to play at a top level, and thats what guys are all aboutnot just being on the field, but in order to play that long, you definitely have to be good at your craft.

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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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