Quick Links

Forward progress...


Forward progress...

The preseason schedule is the ultimate test for players on the NFL roster bubble.

It's true that coaches evaluate players constantly, through training camp drills, weight room work ethic and film study. And players spend far more time at practice than they do at games. But it is performance in games, against other NFL players and "when the lights come on," as coaches like to say, that help dictate whether these players have what it takes to compete in the NFL.

With that in mind, here are six players who either helped or hurt their stock in the Ravens' 27-12 preseason loss to Detroit at M&T Bank Stadium on Friday night.

Granted, some veterans also shined and looked poorly at times. But here the focus is on those players lower on the depth chart, looking to make an impression and earn a spot on the roster.

Trending up:

RB Bernard Pierce -- The rookie got his first game action, and while his stat line did not impress -- four carries for 1 net yard -- he showed some quickness and power. He had runs of 2, 6, 7 and minus-14 yards, and had a 10-yard reception brought back by penalty. Still working back from a hamstring injury, he put himself right back in the conversation for the job as Ray Rice's backup.

CB Asa Jackson -- Jackson had the highlight film play of the game, a zig-zagging 85-yard punt return touchdown, though it was nullified by a holding penalty during the return. Jackson also laid a tremendous hit while playing cornerback and finished with three tackles, including one on special teams.

K Justin Tucker -- Tucker continues to do just about everything possible to win the kicking job, though it still might not be enough. Tucker was 2-for-2 last night, hitting from 50 and 45 yards, and executed a perfect onside kick that was recovered by the Ravens in the closing minutes. If Billy Cundiff holds on to the kicking job, it won't be because Tucker lost it.

Trending down:

RB Anthony Allen -- The second-year running back seems to be losing ground in the battle to be Ray Rice's backup. Allen had one carry for minus-2 yards last night and also missed a key block in pass protection for the second week in a row.

S Emanuel Cook -- Cook got a lot of action at backup safety last night, and finished with four tackles. But he whiffed on a tackle of Titus Young at the 5-yard line, allowing Young to waltz in with the Lions' second touchdown. Cook certainly wasn't the only member of the Ravens secondary who struggled, but when fighting for a spot, tackles need to be made.

WR Tommy Streeter -- The Ravens' rookie had a potential touchdown grab there for the taking late in the game, but the ball slipped through his arms at the Lions' 5-yard line in the final two minutes. The receiver has the size and speed to be a factor, but needs to make catches like this to earn a spot in a deep, crowded receiver group.

Quick Links

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!

A post shared by Baltimore Ravens (@ravens) on


Quick Links

Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

AP Images

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.