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Five reasons why Arrington makes sense for Ravens


Five reasons why Arrington makes sense for Ravens

Here are five reasons why the Ravens acted quickly to sign cornerback Kyle Arrington on Wednesday, just two days after the Patriots released him

1. The Ravens can’t begin another season thin at the cornerback position.

If anything happens to Jimmy Smith or Lardarius Webb, the Ravens don’t want to be as vulnerable as they were in 2014. Asa Jackson, Anthony Levine, Rashaan Melvin, and Tray Walker will also battle for the nickel cornerback spot. But none of them have the NFL resume that Arrington has.

2.  It’s hard to have too many quality corners in the NFL.

With teams throwing so much, and using multiple receiver formations, it’s often necessary to have three corners on the field. Quarterbacks will find the weak link if there is one. But if Smith, Webb, and Arrington can all stay healthy, the Ravens may not have a weak link.

3. Arrington comes from a winning organization.

In six seasons with the Patriots, Arrington played in Super Bowls and playoffs games. Joining a team a team that practices hard and carries high expectations like the Ravens won’t faze him.

4. Quality cornerbacks are rarely available.

The Ravens signed Arrington just two days after the Patriots cut him. If a cornerback can play, he doesn’t stay on the market long. The Ravens needed to act quickly, and they did.

5. Arrington is durable.

He has only missed two games the past five seasons. Even if Smith and Webb do not stay healthy, history suggests that Arrington will.

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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.