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Breaking down first Ravens depth chart

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Breaking down first Ravens depth chart

The Ravens have released their first official depth chart of 2015 in advance of Thursday's preseason opener against the Saints. Granted, this might as well be written in pencil, and a lot can change between now and when the final 53-man roster is set, but there are a few things that stand out.

* At wide receiver, Steve Smith Sr. and Kamar Aiken are listed as the starters, with rookie Breshad Perriman and Marlon Brown as top backups. Perriman might ultimately be the Week 1 starter in September, but he hasn't practiced since Day 1 of training camp because of a knee injury. Brown (back) too has been hobbled. Michael Campanaro and Jeremy Butler are listed as third-string, but both have been impressive -- and healthy -- thus far in camp. And beyond those six, there is some talent, with 6-foot-6 Darren Waller, DeAndre Carter and a few others. Tough choices loom here.

* Kapron Lewis-Moore is listed as the top backup at defensive tackle, but he has not been running much with the top two units. Brent Urban is listed as a third-stringer, and John Harbaugh lashed out at him yesterday, but don't be fooled; Urban is going to be a factor this year. Urban, Lawrence Guy and Carl Davis all should make this team. Injuries might dictate how many defensive linemen the Ravens keep, but Lewis-Moore, who has missed two full seasons with injuries, and DeAngelo Tyson would appear to be very much on the bubble.

* Arthur Brown is listed ahead of Zach Orr at inside linebacker, but that's not how it's been playing out on the field. Orr has been getting more reps with the 1s and 2s, and he appears to be in the No. 2 position along with Albert McClellan. Orr is already a stronger special teams player than Brown, and Orr looked good yesterday moving laterally in run defense. This preseason might be Brown's last, best chance to show the Ravens something.

* Ravens fans no doubt recall Rashaan Melvin being picked on by Tom Brady in the playoffs, but the Ravens like his size (6-2) and his toughness. He seems to be ahead of Asa Jackson as a backup corner, and Quinton Pointer is making a strong bid to make the team.

* At safety, Bryden Trawick would appear to be the biggest beneficiary with the season-ending injury to Matt Elam. Trawick is now listed as the backup strong safety -- Elam's former spot -- and undrafted rookie Nick Perry suddenly has a much better shot of making this team.

* Asa Jackson is listed as the top punt returner, with Michael Campanaro as the top kick returner. Rookie DeAndre Carter is also listed, but the Ravens will audition more than those three. These jobs are still up for grabs.

 

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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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