After two days off, the Ravens return to practice Tuesday, preparing for their Week 1 visit to the Broncos. Here are five Ravens who figure to be in the spotlight this week, and during the game in Denver:
- WR Michael Campanaro: With the status of WR Breshad Perriman (knee) uncertain, Campanaro is a key figure, both as a receiver and a possible returner. He’s a tough cover as a slot receiver, and the Ravens need to establish a consistent target for quarterback Joe Flacco beyond Steve Smith.
-OLB Elvis Dumervil: He is a former Bronco, and he is the Ravens’ best pass rusher. The more pressure Dumervil puts on Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the better the Ravens’ chances.
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- RB Justin Forsett: With RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (knee) perhaps not available, Forsett could be a workhorse Sunday. The Ravens kept Forsett fresh during the preseason, knowing his value once the real games began. The Ravens would love to keep the ball in Forsett’s hands, and keep Manning off the field.-
-Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman: This will be his debut as the Ravens’ play caller. After keeping things basic during the preseason, we’ll finally get more insight into how Trestman plans to utilize the Ravens’ offensive personnel.
-CB Lardarius Webb: Webb said early in training camp that he expected to be targeted by opposing quarterbacks early in the season. He has been bothered by injuries and could be rusty. Expect Manning and Broncos receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to test Webb early. The Ravens can’t give up many big plays if they expect to win.
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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