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Do Ravens have kickoffs covered?

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Do Ravens have kickoffs covered?

The Ravens lastyear allowed 29.2 yards per kickoff return, which ranked second-worst in theleague. That couldn't have sat well with coach John Harbaugh, who cut his teeth as aspecial teams coach. The Ravens made aconcerted effort in the off-season to bolster special teams play, re-signing de facto specialteams captain Brendon Ayanbadejo as a free agent and bringing in former Bearsdefensive back Corey Graham, who like Ayanbadejo has made the Pro Bowl for hisspecial teams play. We werent asgood (on kick coverage) as we needed to be, Harbaugh said in March after thosesignings were announced. We need to be more explosive, need to cover kicksbetter. .. These are the type of guys who will help us do that.So it must havebeen a bit alarming to see more trouble in the kickoff cover unit againstJacksonville last week. The Jaguars averaged 36.5 yards on four kickoffreturns, including one return of 47 yards -- this on the play that endedEmanuel Cook's season with a broken leg -- and another that went for 42 yards.
Through three preseason games, the Ravens have allowed 25.6 yards per return.
Ravens kickerJustin Tucker suggested that against Jacksonville, the Ravens deliberately putsome kickoffs in play, as opposed to kicking touchbacks, to give the unit somework. Looks like they still need it. Granted, this isstill the preseason, when all the kinks are supposedly being worked out. Butthese long returns occurred against players on the kickoff cover unit such asDanny Gorrer, Damien Berry and Chykie Brown -- bubble players whose spots onthe team are likely linked to special teams play. After here-signed with the Ravens in March, Ayanbadejo stressed there would be arenewed commitment to special teams play. Special teams isone-third of the game, Ayanbadejo said in March, but to some guys, its theonly part of the game and its the most important part of the game. You have todedicate and focus yourself to that part of the game and not to the otherphases.

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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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