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Extra rest for Birk


Extra rest for Birk

As the Ravens sweated through another 90-degree training camp practice on Tuesday, center Matt Birk stood in the sideline as a spectator for the second straight day.

There was no injury, coach John Harbaugh noted. He was just giving the veteran center an extra day off.

Matt is at the stage of his career where, probably, he is going to practice less than he is not going to practice, Harbaugh said. I think that would be the best thing for Matt, getting him ready to go.

Thinking long-term, this is probably a shrewd move. The Ravens surely would rather have Birk ready to go in October than in August.

Birk, who turned 36 last week, missed the Ravens minicamp after having surgery for varicose veins, a procedure designed to help his leg strength over the long season.
Birk is approaching his 15th NFL season, and his fourth with the Ravens. He hasnt missed a start in six seasons, and all indications are when the season begins, hell be in there again.

It will be important, though, for Birk to get in a rhythm with an offensive line that seemingly changes by the day. As of now, with Bryant McKinnie still not on the field, Michael Oher is lining up at left tackle and rookie Kelechi Osemele getting most of the snaps at right tackle. If McKinnie returns, Oher will likely move back to the right side, and Osemele could be a factor at guard. Rookie free agent Jack Cornell is also getting a lot of reps at tackle as well as guard.

With Birk on the sideline, the Ravens can plug in veteran Tony Wragge or rookie Gino Gradkowski at center. But when the games begin, you can bet Birk, a little more rested than usual, will be there and ready to go.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season


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.