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D. Reed: "I'm ready to go"

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D. Reed: "I'm ready to go"

Ravens kick returner David Reed returned to practice this week more than 10 months after tearing an ACL, giving the team an emotional lift and also starting the clock on a roster decision.

Reed, who began the season on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list while recovering from knee surgery, can practice for up to three weeks, after which the team must either add him to the active roster, cut him, or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

“They got a tough decision," Reed said. "I’m feeling really good. I feel better than I did last year, so whatever happens, happens."

Reed was jumpy at his locker on Wednesday, saying he couldn't wait to put on shoulder pads again.

"I'm ready to go," Reed said before Wednesday's practice, which was to be his first since he crumpled to the ground against Cleveland on Christmas Eve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

“I’m going to do as much as I can. I’m going to try to do everything, until they pull me out.”

Reed said his rehab had plenty of ups and downs, and he drew motivation from cornerback Lardarius Webb, who was recoving from ACL surgery when Reed was a rookie. (Now Webb is doing it all over again.)

"That’s what I used to keep in the back of my head every day," Reed said, " ‘I gotta get back to where Webb was. If Webb can do it, I can do it.’”

Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said at his weekly session with the media on Thursday that "we were all uplifted" by Reed's return to the practice field.

"We all know how much David enjoys football," Rosburg said. "He got an ovation at the meeting, and it was exciting for everybody to see David back out here."

Reed, a fifth-round draft pick out of Utah in 2010, was the Ravens starting kick returner last year before losing the job for about a month after fumbling three times in a span of two games. He also saw limited action at wide receiver last season but has no NFL receptions.

Reed finished last season with an average of 29.7 yards on 18 kickoff returns. As a rookie, he led the league with 29.3 yards a return, including a 103-yard touchdown against Houston.

But will he get that role back?

Jacoby Jones, who took over the kick return duties from rookie Deonte Thompson, is averaging 33.5 yards on 13 returns, including a franchise-record 108-yard touchdown.

"Of course I want to be back there (returning kicks)," Reed said, "but Jacoby’s been doing a great job at it, and I can’t take nothing away from him. Hopefully I can just come in and add on to that and maybe we can both do it.”

 

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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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