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Brooks' return could bolster Ravens secondary

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Brooks' return could bolster Ravens secondary

Ravens second-year safety Terrence Brooks said he is easing his way back onto the field, but the fact that he's on the field at all is a good sign for the Ravens.

Brooks returned to practice this week, officially leaving the physically-unable-to-perform list as he continues his recovery from a torn ACL suffered late last season.

"We’re not trying to just go ahead and throw me in there full-go and get a setback or anything like that, God forbid," Brooks said earlier this week. "We’re just going to take it easy, increase my reps day by day and see how it goes.”

Brooks figures to take on a backup role behind Kendrick Lewis and Will Hill, but his return could bolster a safety group that has lost Matt Elam (torn biceps) for at least much of the season. The Ravens backup safeties include Brynden Trawick and Anthony Levine, neither of whom looked particularly good in the preseason opener, and undrafted rookie Nick Perry.

Veteran cornerback Kyle Arrington saw time as the free safety as well against the Saints in the preseason opener, perhaps an indication that the Ravens are still searching for options at the back end of their defense.

A healthy Brooks should be one.

Brooks, a third-round pick out of Florida State, finished with 19 tackles and two passes defensed last season, but he had his struggles as well. Most notably, in the regular-season game against the Saints, Brooks patiently waited in the end zone for a ball that appeared to be headed right to him ... until Marquis Colston cut in front of him and caught it for a touchdown.

His playing time dwindled after that, and then he suffered the season-ending knee injury against the Jaguars.

Brooks took part in some OTA workouts but began the preseason on the PUP list. Now he is back with a renewed focus and appreciation for his career.

"I put in my mind that, ‘Hey, I’m going to come back and be even stronger than I was before,' " he said. "Plus, I had some stuff last year that I definitely didn’t like, and that (was) not in my game plan. This year, I just have a whole, totally different mind-set. The knee injury I feel like was a blessing for me. It was a wakeup call, like, ‘Hey, get yourself going. Take it seriously. This is your job now,’ and I realize that this year.”

 

 

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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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