We’re finally closing in on the draft, after talking about it for weeks. The Ravens are stocked with 10 picks, so in the coming days, I’ll examine 10 important questions for them leading up to the draft
Here’s question No. 7
Will the Ravens draft edge rusher Randy Gregory if he’s available at No. 26
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti thinks a pass rusher is one of the team’s biggest needs. The Ravens lost Pernell McPhee and his 7½ sacks last season to the Bears during free agency. The Ravens’ top two pass rushers, Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs, or both on the plus side of 30 years old.
Gregory was one of the country’s top pass rushers at Nebraska, but his stock has fallen since failing a drug test at the combine. Gregory said he tested positive for marijuana. Now there’s talk Gregory could go almost anywhere from No. 10 to No. 32.
“What I think it really becomes, it’s an organizational call,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said during a Thursday conference call. “You’ve got top 10 talent. And if you’re going to pull the string with him at 16 or 32 or 48, because of the well known off-the-field issues, you’ve got to get ownership to buy in and you’ve to get ownership buy in and you’ve got to have coaching staff that understands what they’re going to have to do to provide an infrastructure to help this kid succeed.”
Do the Ravens pick Gregory, a talented player at a position of need, but risk more off-the-field problems? If Gregory is still on the board at No. 26, it’s going to be an interesting call.
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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.
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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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