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Five Ravens that need to step up during OTA's

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Five Ravens that need to step up during OTA's

The Ravens begin OTA’s on Tuesday, as their offseason activities enter another phase.  Here are five Ravens players who need to take a step up this offseason:

Matt Elam – After a disappointing 2014, the Ravens’ safety enters his third season hoping to prove he is not a first-round bust.

Arthur Brown – He was a healthy scratch in 12 games last season, as other linebackers like Zach Orr and Albert McClellan saw more action due to their value on special teams. If there’s a role for Brown this season, he will have to earn it.

Marlon Brown – The wide receiver position is crowded, but Brown could stand out if he shows his value as a possession and red zone receiver. He led the Ravens in touchdowns as a rookie in 2013, but did not score last season. The Ravens hope Brown is ready to reassert himself.

Michael Campanaro – The Ravens like his potential as a slot receiver with ability to get open. But he’ll have to prove he can stay healthy.

Kendrick Lewis – Signed as a free agent, Lewis is a likely starter at free safety, but  coach John Harbaugh does not hand out starting roles unless they are earned. Lewis will need to pick up the defense quickly and prove he can be a leader in the secondary.

 

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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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