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'Calm' Brooks savors return to game action

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'Calm' Brooks savors return to game action

Eight months after suffering a torn ACL, Ravens safety Terrence Brooks returned to action Saturday against the Redskins, a feeling that he described as "surreal."

"You’ve been out of the game so long that it’s kind of a surreal feeling,” Brooks told the Ravens Web site. “For the most part, it went well for me. It was pretty much just getting out there, seeing where my confidence level is at. And it was pretty good.”

“To tell you the truth, I was pretty calm, which was a little surprising,” Brooks added. “I thought I would be a little more nervous and things like that. But I guess for being out so long, I was just ready."

Brooks kept an impressive timetable in his rehab and took part in some OTA drills as early as this spring. He began camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list but then worked his way off the PUP list and onto the field.

Brooks, a third-round pick out of Florida State last year, played in 11 games last year and finished with 19 tackles. He also had his share of rookie mistakes. Most notably, playing against the Saints last year, Brooks patiently waited in the end zone for what appeared to be a sure interception ... until Marquis Colston stepped in front of him and grabbed the ball for a touchdown. Brooks' playing time was limited after that game, and he was lost for the season after being injured on the opening kickoff against Jacksonville on Dec. 14.

Now he's back and assumes a backup role behind Kendrick Lewis and Will Hill, but his presence becomes more important with Matt Elam lost for the season with a biceps injury.

Brooks played 35 snaps against the Redskins and finished with three tackles. He was also flagged for a roughing the passer penalty on a blitz.

"Terrence played well," coach John Harbaugh said. "He did a good job and came out of it OK. There’s going to be a little soreness anytime you’re coming off a knee like that, but he played fast, and he looked good out there.”

Brooks will likely get a longer look this week in Atlanta in the preseason finale. Harbaugh has already declared that starters won't play in the game, leaving Brooks, Anthony Levine, Brynden Trawick and Nick Perry as the safeties.

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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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